- Uzodimma allegedly orders removal of his portraits from traditional rulers secretariat
- Not true – Nwokoro
By Sunday Awulonu
Should the report from sources close to Imo Government House that Governor Hope Uzodimma is no longer comfortable with the present chairman of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze Samuel Ohiri, is anything to go by, then it’s a time up for the Mbieri-born monarch.
Our sources who preferred anonymity alleged that Eze Ohiri disobeyed the government directives not to represent Imo State at the security meeting which was held at the weekend, at Abuja, organized by the presidency.
He added that Ohiri who could not get the backing of the Imo government as at the time he went for the security meeting even shunned the day one (1)security meeting held in Imo and left for the Abuja event.
It was this act according to our source, that provoked Uzodimma, who ordered the removal of his portraits from Imo Traditional Rulers Secretariat.
Observers on the first day of the Imo security meeting held at the Traditional Rulers Secretariat also noticed that Ohiri’s portraits were missing.
What is not certain is whether the portraits were put back after the security meeting because when contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Ohiri, Gift Nwokoro said there is no disagreement between his principal and Imo State governor, insisting that no portrait of Eze Ohiri was removed from the Secretariat.
Recall that last Thursday, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu was in Imo State for a security summit and inspection of police stations and properties damaged by EndSARS protesters.
A few months ago, it was reported that Uzodimma’s ally HRH Eze Emmanuel Okeke (Eze Udo II) of Amaifeke Ancient Kingdom was tipped to replace Ohiri, but Imo State government dismissed the report and described it as unfounded.
He, Okeke was later appointed the chairman of Imo State Traditional Institution and Community Policing.
However, with this latest development, it is becoming glaring that Okeke may any time soon step into the position of Ohiri who many believed is struggling to have a place in Uzodimma’s heart.