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The wind of CHANGE blowing in the polity since the reign of APC has arrived the house of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers. This is following the decision of Imo Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to democratize the process for emergence of the chairman of the Council.

The wind of CHANGE blowing in the polity since the reign of APC has arrived the house of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers. This is following the decision of Imo Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to democratize the process for emergence of the chairman of the Council.


That decision of the governor is a welcome development because CHANGE in itself is a good phenomenon especially as it is bound to encourage our traditional rulers to imbibe democratic ethos. CHANGE brings about improvements to an existing system and it is therefore our belief that Owelle wants a CHANGE when he decided not to appoint the successor to Eze Ohiri.
Democratization of the process of producing the leadership of the traditional rulers Council in Imo State has many benefits to offer Nd'Eze. One of those benefits is that it will offer the majority of Nd'Eze the opportunity to participate in the decision of who leads them, which is what democracy is all about. Democratization will also ensure that only the most popular contestant will emerge. Another benefit is that the emerging leadership will owe and pay allegiance to Nd'Eze because that is where the power lies. There are many other benefits outside the three mentioned above.
It is in the light of the aforementioned benefits that we commended Governor Okorocha for taking that initiative and this is our reason for calling on Nd'Eze to embrace the CHANGE and use the opportunity in it for the institutionalization of democracy in the Council.
However, it is becoming clearer now that HRM, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri has an aversion to democratization contrary to the proposal of the governor. This much is our understanding of his action when he went out of his way to draw the rules for the election, stipulating election through delegate's vote. It is this autocratic action of drawing undemocratic rules for the election in which he is also a contestant that has pitched him against his traditional colleagues and the wrangling is not good for our society.
Two issues are in contest: One is held by some interested aspirants that it should be a general election; a holistic exercise that would comprise Ezes of the 637 autonomous communities in the state. The second school of thought holds the view that the election should be through delegates, one from each of the 27 local governments.
There are fears that the delegates to be selected for the election could be surrogates of some of the contestants and as they assert, the game will be for the highest bidder. Therefore, it is the opinion of Nigeria Moment newspapers that an election of this magnitude by traditional rulers into their council should be a pace-setter in fair-play and honesty of purpose.
We have therefore followed the unfolding of these events over what appears to be Eze Ohiri's opposition to a general election to produce the next Eze Imo and would want to beckon him to embrace CHANGE by subjecting himself to a general election. We strongly believe that his colleagues will vote for him if he is the most popular among the contestants. However, if he is unsure that his popularity rating will not see him through, then he should withdraw from the race and save the Council from avoidable overheating. This is our reason for calling on him to embrace Change.

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