Uzodinma Keeps Mum On Leadership Of Imo State Council Of Traditional Rulers
Governor Hope Uzodinma, yesterday failed to address the contentious issue of who heads Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers when he addressed the rulers during a meeting at their Secretariat at Mbari, Ikenegbu, in Owerri.
Before the meeting, the state had been awash with reports that the Governor would finally announce who will lead the Council.
Two traditional rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri and Eze
Sam Okeke, are jostling to be named as heads.
Ohiri is the incumbent Chairman but Okeke emerged a major threat to his position, when Uzodinma proclaimed him Chairman, Imo Traditional Institution and Community Policing.
A rift between the two has since emerged.
Ignoring putting that issue to rest, Uzodinma instead reeled out fresh directives to the monarchs.
He said it was totally unacceptable for traditional rulers to live outside their domain or autonomous community, insisting that there is no room for a traditional ruler on a part time basis in the State.
He further reiterated his commitment to ensure the success and workability of community policing in the State, saying any traditional ruler who fails to secure his community will be suspended.
The Governor insisted the need for a synergy between the traditional rulers and Town Union Presidents to ensure that criminal activities are reduced in their areas.
He concluded saying he demanded honesty by sharing:
” I want Royal Fathers who will tell me my mistakes and not those that will come and sing praises to me.”