S/east traditional rulers disown ‘chairman’
The South-East Council of Traditional Rulers has dismissed claims by Eze Samuel Ohiri of Obi-Orodo Community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, as chairman of the group
In a statement issued in Owerri yesterday and signed by its administrative secretary, Chief Sopuluchukwu Nwafor, the group described publications to that effect as deceitful.
The chairman, Imo
State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, had in the recent publication claimed that he was election as chairman of the group during a meeting in Enugu State.
He said: “This is pure fabrication, Ohiri alone may have attended the imaginary meeting; perhaps in his house in Orodo with no other traditional ruler in the SouthEast present. We must state here that impersonation has no pride of place in our constitution or any other legal document’’.
He maintained that no meeting of traditional rulers was held in Enugu or any other part of Nigeria recently, adding, “he is not even an executive member of the council’’.
“Only chairman of the Council, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya or the secretary, on the directive of the chairman can convene a meeting. That has remained the constitutional procedure till date,” he said.
The administrative secretary, who described the Council as a responsible body of traditional rulers, expressed embarrassment by the utterances and actions of Eze Sam Ohiri.
He added that the current chairman, Ilomuanya, may be compelled to seek legal redress against him if he does not call himself to order and retrace his steps.
He stressed that Ilomuanya, the traditional ruler of Obinugwu in Orlu Local Government Area is still chairman of South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, stressing that there is no leadership problem in the council.
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