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Okorocha replies Okorie: No court order to reinstate Ilomuanya

Okorocha replies Okorie: No court order to reinstate Ilomuanya

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.

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