Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has responded to a media publication credited to the National Chairman of the United Peoples Party (UPP) Chief Chekwas Okorie, urging him to respect a court order and reinstate HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu autonomous community and Chairman, council of the state traditional rulers.
In his response through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Gov Okorocha maintained that no court has ordered him to reinstate Ilomuanya either as a monarch or his former position, adding that UPP Chairman was not properly briefed on the matter.
According to Gov Okorocha “On our part, it is important to say that with the issues Chief Okorie raised and the demands he made, it was obvious that he was not properly briefed and unfortunately, he made no personal effort to verify the pieces of information he had.”
He added: “The truth is that no court at any level has ordered that Dr Ilomuanya should be reinstated as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community. It is now left for Chief Okorie or those who briefed him to publish the court order on Gov Okorocha to recall Dr Ilomuanya as the Eze of Obinugwu Autonomous Community.
“And in case Chief Okorie does not know, Dr Ilomuanya had been removed as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu following the ordinances to that effect and a new Eze, HRH Eze Stanley Nwangwu, installed to replace him and no court has given any order in the contrary.”
Gov Okorocha, however, challenged Ilomuanya and Okorie to publish all the relevant papers with regard to all the court actions on the matter including the document showing when he assumed office and when his tenure expired.
“His tenure expired since 2013 and we are saying this for the sake of emphasis”, Okorocha asserted.
He described the claim by Okorie as having a political undertone and therefore appealed to him to detach politics from the reality on ground while urging Ilomuanya to stop trading on rumours and rather be factual.