The President-General of the Igbo community in Cross River, Obi Onyeka has announced the suspension of a factional leader of the group.
Another factional leader, an acting chairman of Ohanaeze, Ugojie Nwabueze in her reaction announced the dethronement of Eze Ohanneze
Addressing a press conference on Thursday at Ernest Etim Press Centre in Calabar, the President of the Igbo Community said all the Igbo bodies in Cross River are still working as a united group and claims of the dethronement of Eze Igbo is false.
“Mr Nwabueze was the vice president who became acting president when the erstwhile president died. However, the state executive was dissolved in a meeting held on 12th December 2020 after its tenure expired in May 2020 and the elected officials ceased to function from that day”.
He said the acting President of the organisation, Nwabueze, owing to some constitutional infringements was suspended from the organisation which is the reason behind his claim of having dethroned Eze Igbo in Cross River.
“A meeting of Ohaneze Igbo which held on the 20th of March, 2021 suspended him from the organisation so he has no powers to dethrone Eze Igbo whose installation far precedes his tenure and by the way in what capacity does he dethrone Eze Igbo, is he a chief or kingmaker?”
He said the genesis of the crisis was the disbursement of the sum of N20m naira given to the organisation by the Governor of the state, Senator Ben Ayade in 2019 which the erstwhile president single-handedly disbursed.
“Several letters were written to him as the acting President to convene a meeting for election to be conducted having served his four years tenure but he never headed so the elected executive was dissolved and an interim executive setup”.
Reacting, to his alleged suspension, Mr Ugorji Nwabueze told newsmen that the Ohaneze constitution has provision for an interim executive and therefore his suspension is illegal.
He said he had to withdraw the certificate of title of the Eze Igbo in the state based on the instruction of South East traditional rulers.
“The South East traditional rulers Council has mandated me to officially withdraw the certificate I had issued under duress to crown Eze Ndi Igbo in Cross River. I do not have such capacity to install anyone since my roots do not draw from royalty.
“The error of issuance of Certificate of the title of Eze Ndi Igbo by me is regretted anyone parading himself as such remains an impostor “.
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