At last, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha met face to face with His Royal Highness, Eze Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya of the Obinugwu Kingdom, in Orlu LGA.
For years now, the Governor, and Eze Ilomuanya have been having running battle over the Ezeship stool of Obinugwu, as Okorocha declared that he has dethroned Eze Ilomuanya.
However, last Saturday at Nkwerre LGA, at the burial of Chief Amobi Nwachukwu, the two gladiators met face-to-face, and Okorocha could not but mellow down and Accord Ilomuanya the royal respect.
According to information made available to Ifeanyicy.com , "what transpired in Nkwerre at last weekend, April 21, 2017, burial ceremony involving the Nwosu-Iheme's family, between Governor Rochas Okorocha and Eze Ilomuanya, ought to be very thought provoking... ", the source said.
"At the event, in discourse, the Governor embraced Eze Ilomuanya and called him "my brother". He further addressed him as "Eze Ilomuanya" and handed Kolanut to him for blessing as Eze to the amazement of all present". he noted.
According to another eyewitness account, Eze Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya broke the Traditional Kolanut, with incantations, while Governor Okorocha watched with keen interest.
Governor Rochas Okorocha had declared Eze Ilomuanya banished from Imo land, and warned that wherever the Traditional ruler was found within the territory of Imo State, he would be arrested and sent to prison.
Okorocha’s warning emboldened Eze Ohiri, who took over from Ilomuanya as Chairman of Imo Traditional Rulers Council, to go open to announce that any Journalist that addressed Ilomuanya as a Traditional Ruler would go to jail.
But despite these warnings, Eze Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya move in and out of Imo State at will, as if he was not aware of the threats from Okorocha and Ohiri.
Just last week, Ilomuanya seems to have tried the myth of Okorocha and his agents, when he stormed Owerre Nkworji, for the civic reception given to Hon Jones Onyereri, by his people. And sitting by Ilomuanya's right hand side was Okorocha’s Chief of Staff, Chief Uche Nwosu, as Ilomuanya strode around like a king, with his wife, Ugoeze.
As that was not enough, the two masquerades "jammed" in Nkwerre on Saturday, but those who thought Okorocha would have raised hell, were disappointed, as the Governor accorded royal greetings to Ilomuanya, who was already at the place, with Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Okorocha was said to have exhibited high maturity, as he left the Ilomuanya issue, and delved into more serious matters concerning Orlu Zone and Imo State.
Sources said that Okorocha, who is plotting to plant a successor in 2019, does not want to ruffle more feathers, as he builds bridges that may enhance him leave Imo Government House in peace, and live happily ever after.
"The project to hoist a successor is what is facing Okorocha now, and he knows it is not an easy task, and therefore does not want to make more enemies, because if he fails to produce a successor, those he fought may come after him after leaving power ", a source told.