By EDISON Okereke
The traditional rulers of Owerri Zone extraction in Imo State have pledged their total support for the administration of Governor Emeka Ihedioha towards ensuring peace, unity and development of the state.
The Royal fathers from the nine local governments of the Zone under the leadership of their chairman Owerri Zone Council of Ndi-Eze HRH Eze Geoffrey Ejimogu, made the promise Wednesday (July 10, 2019) during their zonal meeting in the state capital.
They noted that they were similarly in support of the previous governors of the state irrespective of the Zone and enjoined their colleagues from Orlu and Okigwe Zones to reciprocate the gesture by joining hands with them to support the present administration led by Ihedioha.
They however frowned at the actitivites of some traditional rulers from other zones, who were trying to distract the Governor with their actions capable of bringing disunity and disaffection.
The monarchs particularly frowned at some Ezes from the Orlu Zone whom they accused of being funded and used by one of the gubernatorial candidates in the last governorship election in the state to cause problems, urged such people to desist from ‘their unpatriotic activities’ and support Governor Ihedioha and his team in the rebuilding of the ‘Imo Project.’
The Owerri Zone traditional rulers who were later joined in the meetig by their colleagues from the Okigwe and Orlu zones respectively used the occasion to affirm their unalloyed support to the chairman, the state Council of Ndi-Eze, Eze HRM Eze Dr. Samuel Agunwa Ohiri for his outstanding leadership qualities and his dogged efforts in transforming the traditional institution since he assumed office.
They maintained that any Eze or Ezes working against Governor Ihedioha is working against the Owerri Zone in particular and Imo State in general, stressing that such person(s) will be sanctioned appropriately.
Among the traditional rulers who added their voices were Eze Lucky Okoro, Eze D. Nwaigwe, Eze George Eke, Eze Godwin Ejiogu, Eze F. O. Nwachukwu, among others.
The meeting was attended by many traditional rulers from across the three zones.