Governor Willie Obiano
The supremacy battle between Governor Willie Obiano and billionaire businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, escalated on Monday after protesting youths in Aguleri, Anambra State, demanded the removal of the two traditional rulers from the town.
The two traditional rulers, HRH Igwe Alex Edozieuno and HRH Igwe Peter Udorji, were part of the 13 traditional rulers who visited the Presidential Villa last week as part of a delegation facilitated by Prince Arthur Eze to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his gestures towards the South-East.
All 13 monarchs were suspended on the instruction of the governor for one year.
However, on Monday, the crisis escalated after some youths asked that the two rulers be deposed.
The governor is from Aguleri and it was gathered that he was especially miffed that monarchs from his town joined with Prince Eze to diminish him politically.
A source said: “This demonstration is part of the agenda to remove the two monarchs, as those organising the protesters are agents of the government and this is just giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
“Why don’t you allow them to serve out their suspension instead of going this way?”