By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Crisis is brewing among traditional rulers in Imo state, following what a good number ofÂ them described as â€œa grand design by some people to illegally elongate and perpetuate the stay of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya in office as Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulersâ€.
Obviously alarmed by the alleged plot, traditional rulers from Owerri and Okigwe zones have urged Governor Ikedi Ohakim not to assent to the Bill just passed by the Imo State House of Assembly, extending the tenure of the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional RulersÂ by another five years.
While arguing that it was the turn of Owerri Zone to produce the next chairman of Imo State Council of Ndieze, the aggrieved royal fathers wondered why the present chairman, who served for three years as provided for by the law and had a two-year extension, would now be angling for another five years.
The Deputy Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndieze for Owerri zone, Eze Dona Eke, in a chat with journalists after the meeting, denied that royal fathers of Owerri zone had endorsed the incumbent chairman of Imo State Council of Ndieze.
Apart from Eze Dona Eke, others that are vehemently opposed to the plan are Eze Emmanuel Njemanze, Eze George Nwosu and Eze Samuel Ohiri. Similarly, Owerri Peoples Assembly (OPA) led by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. They have vowed to resist it, and cautioned on the impending danger it would cause in the future.