Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano’s has suspended 12 traditional rulers in the state who travelled to Abuja with billionaire, Arthur Eze, to pay a scheduled visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The state government said the monarchs left for the trip without getting express permission from the governor.
Though the traditional rulers were turned back at the Villa, it was believed that they had intended to report the governor to the President over non performance and conduct of Local Government elections in the state.
Eze’s relationship had been frosty lately and has siezed every given opportunity to critize the governor in public gathering, accusing him of not doing enough to develop the state and inability to pay traditional rulers five percent of monies accruing to the state as directed by the federal government.
According to the release by the state’s Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Greg Obi, the suspended traditional rulers are Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando, Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor, Igwe Chukuwma Bob Vincent Orji of Ezinifite and Igwe Engr G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha.
Others are Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle, Igwe A. N Onwuneme of Ikenga, Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo, Igwe S. O Uche of Ezira, Igwe Dr Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu Otu.
The suspension was said to have received the backing of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council led by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, who had frowned at the actions of the traditional rulers.