The plot regarding the 12 suspended Anambra Traditional rulers thickens; as the erring members of the Anambra Traditional Rulers Council have rejected Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe as chairman of the state’s traditional rulers council.
This was made know during their visit to Abuja where they met with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Buhari who represented the president.
According to the suspended rulers, they do not consider Igwe Achebe as their chairman as his tenure had expired.
The suspended rulers include: Igwe Alex Edozieuno (Mkpunando), Igwe Mark-Anthony Okonkwo (Alor), Igwe Chukuwma Orji (Ezinifite); Igwe G.B.C Mbakwe (Abacha); Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo (Nawfia), Igwe Nkeli Nelly (Igbarim), Igwe Anthony Onyekwere (Owelle); Igwe A. N. Onwuneme (Ikenga); Ikechukwu Chidubem (Umumbo); Igwe S. O. Uche (Ezira); Igwe Emeka Ilouno (Ifitedunu) and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji (Eziagulu).
According to Igwe Chioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, who spoke during the press conference, he said: “It is also a fact that the tenure of the chairman of the Council Igwe Achebe had earlier expired upon which he tendered his resignation. Whether the state government accepted his resignation or not, he has no locus standi to suspend us especially since his tenure has long expired.
“Following this high handedness and dictatorship, we the concerned traditional rulers of Anambra hereby suspend the Chairman of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, HRH Igwe Alfred Achebe’’.
Furthermore, he addressed the suspension from the State government stressing that it was a nullity and a charade. This is given the fact that they did not commit any offence to warrant the suspension.
In his words: “We are the concerned traditional rulers from Anambra State who were purportedly suspended for one year by the state government following the recommendations of the state’s Council of Traditional Rulers led by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Achebe. We are here to respond to the nullity and the charade.
“We state categorically that we have not committed any act to warrant being suspended. This is to say the least an abuse of power and high handedness by the Igwe in connivance with the state government that has become increasingly desperate as the Governor Obiano’s administration winds to a close. What was wrong about our ‘commendational’ visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on the good things he has been doing for the South East Zone and the Igbos to be precise?’’