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S-East royal fathers wade into Igbo leadership tussle in Oyo

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—FOLLOWING the intervention by the South East royal fathers in the  leadership tussle between the Igbo Community Development Association, ICDA, and Igbo Community of Oyo State, ICOS, the two groups have been warned to desist from any act that could lead to a breach of the peace.

For the past 13 years, the two rival associations had been engulfed in crisis over which group is to represent the Igbo in the state. ICDA was led by Chief Alex Anozie while the ICOS was led by Chief James Oramadike.

Due to the crisis, some Igbo leaders led by Eze Illomuanya, chairman of South East council of traditional rulers, after consultation with the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, had on July 14, 2009 placed an indefinite ban on the title over which they were fighting as well as the two associations.

While speaking with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, the body appointed by the South East royal fathers, cautioned that it would not tolerate any act that could rubbish the efforts of the Igbo leaders.

The authorised group, Igbo General Assembly led by Chief Andrew Duru said since the elders had spoken and given the group the powers to restore peace among the warring associations, no other group should carry out any other activity in the name of the Igbo.


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