The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi says their is nothing like Ezeala 3 in Achi, Oji River LGA of Enugu State.
The Governor was speaking on Monday evening at a meeting with Traditional Rulers from Oji River Local Government Area
The meeting which was at the instance of the Governor discussed the current crisis which has engulfed the Oji River Traditional Rulers Council and led to the removal and suspension of Igwe Godwin Madu, erstwhile Chairman of the Oji River Traditional Rulers Council.
While welcoming the Royal father’s to Government House, the Governor expressed his reservation over the crisis in Oji River Traditional Rulers Council and requested to know what the problem was.
The Local Government Chairman Barr. Frank Udemezue who gave a historical background to the crisis, outlined efforts made by his council to resolve it to no avail because of the recalcitrance of some parties to the conflict.
First to speak among the Traditional Rulers was the newly elected Chairman of the Council, Igwe Lawrence Obi who narrated what he described as “suffering and humiliations the Royal Fathers had gone through under the dictatorship of Igwe Madu”.
He recounted the insults and contempt shown fellow monarchs by Igwe Madu and how he has arrogated the power of a superior king to himself.
He told the Governor how on a particular occasion the Traditional Rulers were locked out by Igwe Madu and how he would seize their monthly allowances for no known reason.
Other members spoke and answered the governor’s questions including Igwe Sunday Orah of Adu Achi and Igwe Victor Meniru Egwu Achi.
They were in unison in telling the Governor that they could no longer work with Igwe Madu based on his antecedents especially his reprehensible act of inviting thugs to molest fellow traditional Rulers.
The Governor gave Igwe Madu opportunity to defend himself from the litany of accusations made by his colleagues but unfortunately according to those who attended the meeting he could not successfully defend any.
The Governor who picked holes in Igwe Madu’s attempt to defend himself, faulted his actions especially bringing in thugs and hoodlums to the LGA Headquarters to assault Royal Fathers, directed Igwe Madu to convene a meeting and apologize to his fellow Traditional Rulers and Oji River political leaders for his unbecoming actions.
On the accusation that Igwe Madu was parading himself as Ezealla 3, Governor Ugwuanyi specifically addressing Igwe Madu said ” There is nothing like Ezealla 3″
He asked Igwe Madu what was written in his Certificate of Recognition and when he answered that it was “Igwe of Umumba Autonomous Community”, the Governor retorted “Answer the title on your Certificate of Recognition. There is nothing like Ezealla 3. Achi is made up of 12 autonomous communities. Go and develop your autonomous community”
On the question of “Gburugburu Undiluted” the Governor told Igwe Godwin Madu and Igwe Chima Achikwe that they were wrong in not consulting and carrying along fellow Traditional Rulers, political leaders and other stakeholders in forming the support group and it’s activities.
The Governor used the opportunity of the meeting to sue for peace, urging those in attendance to give peace a chance as peace and unity of purpose can engender true development
He pleaded with the Traditional Rulers to be patient as Government had decided to dissolve and appoint new Chairmen of LGA Councils of Chiefs across the state in the next two months.
Speaking before the meeting ended Igwe Madu complained that his colleagues did not give him opportunity to defend himself rather they were quick to remove and suspend him without hearing his own side of the story.
He said at no time did he intentionally take actions that hurt his colleagues and promised to make amends.
The meeting which ended about 6:30 in the evening sources told Signature TV, was also attended by the Member representing Oji River in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon Jeff Mbah, Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development Hon. Manfred Nzekwe, Oji River LGA Chairman, Hon Frank Udemezue and Dr Anayo Onwuegbu, a foremost political leader in the LGA.