S/east tra­di­tional rulers dis­own ‘chair­man’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

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.

From left: Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Na­tional Union of Textile Gar­ment and Tai­lor­ing Work­ers of Nige­ria, Mr Sylvester Chimezie; Chair­man, Nige­ria Labour Congress, Kaduna State Coun­cil, Mr Ango Adamu, and Chair­man, Trade Union Congress, Kaduna State Coun­cil, Malam Shehu Muhammed, at a news con­fer­ence to mark the De­cent World Work Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Kaduna yesterday.

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