Anambra, Soludo Mends Differences with Oni of Onitsha, Reinstates Previously Suspended Monarch

Anambra, Soludo Mends Differences with Oni of Onitsha, Reinstates Previously Suspended Monarch

Reconciliation Among Anambra’s Traditional Leaders

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has successfully resolved a recent dispute with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, concerning traditional rulers in the state.

Reinstatement of Neni Monarch

This reconciliation was symbolized by the reinstatement of Igwe Damian Ezeani, the traditional ruler of Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area, who had been previously suspended.

Origin of the Dispute

The discord surfaced when Igwe Ezeani and other monarchs were accused of bestowing unauthorized chieftaincy titles, notably on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, a recent entrant into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There were speculations that Senator Ubah might be a contender against Governor Soludo in the 2025 governorship election.

Public Outcry and Criticism

The suspension of Igwe Ezeani and related issues triggered a public outcry, particularly from Igwe Achebe, who expressed dissatisfaction with Governor Soludo’s perceived lack of respect for traditional institutions in the state.

This dissatisfaction was communicated through a lengthy letter chastising the governor.

Governor’s Announcement of Reconciliation

However, in a statement released in Awka, the Press Secretary to the Governor, Christian Aburime, declared a turnaround.

Governor Soludo reinstated the Neni monarch and pardoned two other traditional rulers, Ojoto and Aguluezechukwu, following their alleged misconduct.

Governor’s Meeting with Traditional Rulers

The decision was made during a meeting at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, attended by no fewer than 94 monarchs.

While Igwe Ezeani was fully reinstated, the monarchs of Ojoto and Aguluezechukwu received pardons after tendering apologies.

Addressing Welfare Issues and Future Collaboration

Governor Soludo took the opportunity to address various welfare issues concerning the monarchs, emphasizing his commitment to fostering a harmonious relationship with traditional leaders across the state.

He announced that the state government accepts the apologies of the affected traditional rulers, reinstating the Traditional Ruler of Neni and forgiving the Traditional Rulers of Ojoto and Aguluezechukwu.

Positive Outlook

The Governor concluded the meeting on a positive note, with the traditional leaders expressing gratitude and requesting regular meetings with him.

Both the Obi of Onitsha and Igwe Ojoto conveyed votes of thanks and successfully secured the governor’s agreement to hold such meetings at least twice a year.

The gathering concluded with a high-spirited atmosphere, marked by photo sessions with Governor Soludo.