The war of attrition between Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and the reinstated Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Obi of Obinugwu community in Orlu LGA of Imo State, HRH Eze (Dr) Cletus Ilomuanya, has taken a dramatic twist, as the Obinugwu people have distanced themselves from the Governor's action against their monarch.

The community re-affirmed their loyalty to Eze Ilomuanya, stating that he remains their traditional ruler as no vacancy exists in Obinugwu Ezeship stool. They also demanded the reinstatement of their monarch as the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers in compliance with various court judgments and Federal government's directive.

In a strong worded letter to Governor Rochas Okorocha signed by all the ten village heads, Chairman of Ndimo Nze title holders and Red Cap Chiefs, the youth leaders and community leaders as well as Sir Isaac Esiobula and Cajethan Nwaizu, President and Secretary respectively of Obinugwu Development Union (O. D. U), the community frowned at Okorocha’s attempt to impose on them  "a man from the Ndiuche-Arondizuogu in Ideato North LGA of Imo State, Mr Stanley Simeon Nwangwu as their traditional ruler.

The community in condemning this act as" unacceptable, illegal and unconstitutional as it runs contrary to the Constitution of Obinugwu people on Ezeship matter", also pointed out that Okorocha’s threat "that he will arrest and banish our traditional ruler, HRH Eze (Dr) Cletus Ilomuanya has a disturbing and provocative effect on the youths and the entire Obinugwu community".

They told the Governor that prior to his "unwanted aggression against Eze Ilomuanya, Obinugwu Community has enjoyed peace, stability and constant development because of the amicable relationship between our monarch and we, his subjects".  The people regretted that the recent actions of the governor against their monarch have retarded progress and development in the community.
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