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The dethroned traditional ruler of Obinugwu Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya has described his dethronement by Governor Rochas Okorocha as laughable, saying it is an action that cannot never see the light of the day.
Speaking with 247ureports,com through his chief press secretary, Mr. Kenedy Eweama,  on Saturday, Ilomuanya said the governor’s directive cannot stand because it was against the ruling of the Court of Appeal which restrained him from acting like that or interfering with the affairs of the council.
The monarch said the action had just reaffirmed the governor as being allergic to rule of law, adding that Okorocha was trying to stamp himself as an “emperor who wants us to live in Sambisa Forest instead of moving freely”.
He described the governor’s as a mere blackmail from “a man whose ego has been deflected by the courts’ defeats, saying that the governor had no reason to act the way he did.
Ilomuanya assured traditional rulers and the people of the state that he had taken over the secretariat of the council of traditional rulers as the chairman and would address a press conference from there on Monday.
The Imo State govern­ment on Friday an­nounced the dethrone­ment of Ilomuanya alongside the traditional ruler of Lagwa Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, Eze Cosmos Ony­eneke.
Their dethronement came via a statement signed by Professor Anthony Anwukah, Secretary to the Government of Imo State on Friday which said the de­position was done in accordance with Sections 11 and 14 of the Imo State Traditional Rulers Autonomous Com­munities Law No 6 of 2006.
 “His Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (OON), has approved the withdrawal of certificates of recognized tradi­tional rulers of Obinugwu and Lagwa Autonomous Communities, respec­tively,” the statement had said.
The government went ahead to direct secretaries of the Community Gov­ernment Council of the respective autonomous communities to liaise with the government on behalf of the territories, “pending the selection and presentation of an Eze-elect in accor­dance with the custom and constitu­tion of each of the affected Autono­mous Communities.”
Earlier on Friday, Eze Ilomunanya, accompanied by leader of the Move­ment for the Actualization of the Sov­ereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, Chief Dr. Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Chuma Nnaji, had inspected office block and facili­ties within the complex of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Later at a press conference, he praised the judiciary for upholding the rule of law and justice by re-instating him as the bona fide chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rul­ers after what he called the illegal and unconstitutional dissolution of the council by Governor Rochas Okoro­cha on June 6, 2011.
“I did not go to court because I was a hungry man, but to protect the integ­rity of the traditional institution in the state, because if the unlawful action of the state government had gone un­challenged, it would become a norm. The law that established Imo Council of Traditional Rulers is very clear, as the only way that the chairman of the council could be replaced before his tenure of office lapses, is either by death or voluntary resignation, or if he is indicted for any criminal activ­ity. But I was never indicted for any offence and I was elected for a tenure of five years.” Recall that Eze Ilo­munanya had filed a suit against the Imo State government following his removal from office three years ago before he was reinstated by the court last week.

8 Comments to: My dethronement can’t stand— Ilomuanya…Says Okorocha Is Allergic To Rule of Law


    June 8th, 2014

    gov.rochas should be careful when handling traditional stuffs

  2. DOZIE

    June 9th, 2014

    Rochas sef. From PDP to APGA to APC and may be to PPA. Haba. Never finishing a project and embarking on another. Delving into traditional matters should not be the concern of the Government. Certificate of recognition from the Government should never be the norm in Igboland for Igwes and Ezes. Only the community should choose their Igwe and Eze. Someone should tell Rochas to backoff Chieftancy matters.

    Now, from the political calculations in Imo State, Rochas will be a one-time Governor. From Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu Senatorial Districts, you need 2 of the 3 to win. Rochas has part of Orlu. He does not have Okigwe nor Owerri. He compounded his chances by going into APC (a pure Muslim, North/West conglomaration)to contest in an Igbo State. Haba. These people messed us up during the war and Rochas want them to rule us after the war? Haba. The souls of the Igbos lost during the war will not let that happen.

  3. Ejike

    June 10th, 2014

    Dozie, pdp, i will advice that u should learn to veriy issues of public concern before posting such misguided comment for public consumption.

  4. Ejike

    June 11th, 2014

    Ilomuanya an co wants to pull down the gout of Rochas okorocha.

  5. chijioke samuel chimuanya

    June 11th, 2014

    governor okorocha has the right to remove any traditional ruler since it is constitutional

  6. Nkiru Celine Okoro

    June 12th, 2014

    Let sleeping dogs lie. let Imo state be in peace with all and for all that is our sacred request and expectation. Heating up Imo state is an ill wind that will do harm to all. Let us all thread with care and caution- that is important in today’s world- Care and caution is the watch word- those who abide by it will last- those who tamper with the hornets nest should not be afraid of the sting- To be fore warned is to be fore armed = Again l preach care and caution in all we do and say. Long live Imo state. Long Live Nigeria

  7. Adams

    June 28th, 2014

    Governor Rochas is a confused man. He dethroned the man of his people because he ( Rochas) is not doing . He saw Ilomuanya as hindrance to his second term hence he removed. But he will fail woefully come 2015. He failed and disappointment the electorates and electorates will pay him back with their votes.

  8. mecuzy

    June 28th, 2014

    If a palmwine tapper decicides to pour his wine into a hole dug in d ground,thinking he is preserving it,he will only end up in making the gods DRUNK…….Rochas hav really done great in d educational sector bt his method of “Never completing a project and jumping to another one” is a thing to b worried abt……his protracted war wit cletus IK Ilumuonya is completely political….and the sooner the two elephants(Ilumuonya and Rochas) stop this politicalized cum protracted war,,the better for d grass(Imolites)…bcus …only a child dances d dance of surugede nt knowing that it is the dance dat is strictly reserved for the spirit,,,,,,25ef7d08……justice and constitutionalism should be held sancrosant……long live IMO STATE


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