Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, has taken decisive action by suspending Igwe Damian Ezeani, the traditional ruler of Neni community. The suspension comes in response to Ezeani conferring a chieftaincy title upon Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who recently switched from the Young Progressives Party (YPP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy, and Community Affairs, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, conveyed the governor’s decision in a letter to the monarch on Tuesday.
According to Nwabunwanne, Ezeani’s actions violated the traditional rulers’ code of conduct, as he failed to obtain approval from the state government before bestowing the chieftaincy title on Senator Ubah. The letter emphasizes the importance of adhering to established protocols and the traditional rulers’ code of conduct.
Regardless of the motivations behind Ezeani’s actions, the commissioner underscores that the paramount concern is the perceived breach of order and good governance.
The commissioner cited the Anambra State Traditional Rulers (Amendment) Law, 2020, specifically Section 2 (C), as the legal basis for Governor Soludo’s decision to suspend Igwe Damian Ezeani’s recognition as the traditional ruler of Neni.
The suspension is effective immediately, pending further notice, highlighting the governor’s commitment to upholding governance standards and maintaining the integrity of traditional institutions in the state.
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