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There were palpable apprehensions at the traditional rulers' quarters yesterday in Owerri, Imo state when the news of the return of the embattled chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers from Obinugwu autonomous community, HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya suddenly filtered into the state.

There were palpable apprehensions at the traditional rulers' quarters yesterday in Owerri, Imo state when the news of the return of the embattled chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers from Obinugwu autonomous community, HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya suddenly filtered into the state.

The then chairman was removed from office in a controversial manner by Rochas Okorocha and he immediately went to court to seek for redress and protect his position but all were in vain as the state government under Rochas Okorocha as governor never obeyed court decisions on the matter.
According to one of the traditional rulers who spoke with Nigeria Moment on conditions of anonymity yesterday, submitted that the apprehensions that greeted the news of the return of Ilomuanya, even when it was a rumour or proposal. He said that it was occasioned by what he identified as “impunity in the traditional stool” that have befallen the sector, so all those involved in the royal brouhaha will never receive the news in good faith. The royal father stressed that if Ilomuanya returns, it did not come as a surprise, adding that they have been pressing on the incoming government to kindly respect the rule of law and decisions of the legitimate courts of the land and restore Eze Ilomuanya as the Eze Imo in accordance with the judgments of the courts. According to him, even if Ilomuanya reigns for one day as chairman of Ndi-Eze Imo in respect of the decisions of the court, they will be happy.
Reacting further, the tall-lanky monarch described the news as a “royal tsunami”, adding that it has sent serious signals to different camps including the political families, revealing that some traditional rulers like Eze Nwokocha of Mbaise, current chairman of Eze Imo; Eze Samuel Ohiri and few others may be preparing to go on exile due to their involvements in the management of the traditional stool in the state that has dragged the once respected institution to ridicule.
Nigeria Moment equally recorded that another group agitating for their reinstatements into office was the ousted local government chairmen and councilors. Barr Emma Ndu told Nigeria Moment in Owerri that there were lacuna in the existing local government system, adding that whereas the sacked LG chairmen upon Okorocha's assumption of office threw them out and were elected based on 11 INEC wards, there is no impediments stopping the incoming government from reinstating them if he so wishes. The legal luminary opined that the sacked LG system and the present system are on parallel, citing the fact that while the present system came on autonomous status the sacked ones came on legitimate provisions. There is no way the two systems will meet because they present system was illegitimate despite what the governor did, adding that what matters is the provision of funds and not the environments. .

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