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Eze Imo’s Seat Under Threat As Govt. Plans Ceding Position To Okigwe Zone

The position of HRM, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri as the chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers may be shifted to another zone, following the allegation that his tenure had expired years back.

Before the sudden removal of the immediate former governor of Imo State Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court, there were calls and counter calls for the removal of Eze Ohiri as the chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and such demand appeared to have died down upon assumption of office of governor Hope Uzodinma who has said nothing about the seat.

A source from the state government revealed to The Lead that preparations are underway to change the terrain which would be backed up with laws from the state House of Assembly.

The same source further hinted that the state government may shift the position of the next Eze Imo to Okigwe zone, being the zone that has not produced the Eze for some time.

The information available to Lead revealed that the new law would change the present nomenclature of Eze Imo to what it used to be in the past, which is chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and each of the three zones would have its own chairman.

HRM, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, Obi of Orodo became the chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Ruler in 2011 when former Governor Rochas Okorocha won his first term.

Ohiri’s emergence was characterized by series of controversies. One of the controversies includes legal tussle between him and his predecessor, HRH, Eze Dr. Cletus Illomuanya who argued that his tenure as the chairman was truncated by Okorocha by appointing Ohiri, as the new chairman when his tenure was still subsisting.

Ilomuanya engaged both Ohiri and Okorocha on legal battles which even resulted in Okorocha dethroning Ilomuanya as Obi of Obinugwu, a position which Ihedioha restored before his ouster.

The said Ilomuanya also won Okorocha in various courts, a judgment which Okorocha never obeyed until he left office as the governor.

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