Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has lashed out at the 40 monarchs who dragged him to court over alleged excesses, saying that the monarchs are merely being haunted by their misdeeds during the last general elections.
Okorocha, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, avers that the traditional rulers have not told Nigerians what the crux of the matter really is.
“Having carefully dodged the issue of telling Nigerians and Imo people in particular what the problem is all about and the main reason for which they went to court because the “alleged excesses” of the governor would not have made them to go to court, we therefore conclude that they were been hunted by their unfortunate actions and inactions during the 2015 elections.
“In fact, they are being battled by their consciences,” a statement by Onwuemeodo reads in part.
Insisting that neither Okorocha nor his government has suspended or queried any of the forty traditional rulers for any reason to warrant their going to court, Onwuemeodo said the purported court order restraining the governor from suspending the traditional rulers is questionable.
“We therefore challenge the traditional rulers to publish the referenced court order for Nigerians to read because we strongly believe that an order cannot be given in the vacuum, it must be anchored on something.
The traditional rulers in question are only being haunted by their miscalculation during the 2015 elections. And they have begun to run when no one is pursuing them. The Traditional Rulers allowed themselves to be deceived by the PDP and they went beyond their bound, and the fear of that costly mistake is now their palaver.”
Onwuemeodo, however, clarified that the state Council of Traditional rulers, led by Eze Samuel Ohiri had suspended four traditional rulers from the Council and set up a panel to look into the conduct of 50 others over their gross involvement in politics and disobedience to a directive given by the Council during the period of electioneering.
He further explained that the Council of Traditional Rulers is established by law and the law establishing it credited some functions to the leadership of the Council independent of the state government or the governor.
However, the law did not give the leadership of the council the right to sack anybody as an Eze, but can suspend any Eze from the council.
And that, Onwuemeodo said was what happened, ‘four Ezes were suspended from the Council.’

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