‘Don’t give con­sti­tu­tional role to tra­di­tional rulers’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Ikechukwu Ibe By Fran­cis Okeke

A labour del­e­gate Emma Ug­boaja yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence kicked against any con­sti­tu­tional role for tra­di­tional rulers in the coun­try.’

Ug­boaja, who also kicked against legally in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing zon­ing of po­lit­i­cal of­fices, blamed in­ep­ti­tude by politi­cians for most of the prob­lems cur­rently be­dev­il­ing the na­tion.

He said “I come here and I hear tra­di­tional rulers say they want a new po­si­tion and I am con­fused be­cause they al­ready have gov­er­nors; ex gov­er­nors are now tra­di­tional rulers, ex min­is­ters are now tra­di­tional rulers, am­bas­sadors are now tra­di­tional rulers and they still want a po­si­tion.

“Maybe we will pierce that veil of royalty so that they can come back and con­test elec­tions. Abia State is al­ready leading; there is a tra­di­tional ruler in the Abia State House of As­sem­bly.”

On zon­ing, he said, “I come from a place called Mkpa in Bende Lo­cal Govern­ment of Abia State. The Bri­tish that we have lam­pooned gave my com­mu­nity a rail­way sta­tion be­cause they ap­pre­ci­ated that agric pro­duce needed to be evac­u­ated.”

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Al­haji Oth­man Mo­hammed (left) and Se­na­tor Jack Ti­ley Gyado at the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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