As Umunachi people drags him to High Court
The apparent disagreement over the choice of the traditional ruler of Umunachi Autonomous Community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, has taken another twist.
Our reporter gathered that some people from the community have taken the matter to the High Court of Mbano/Etiti Judicial Division against one Chief Ubadire Okpara.
A group from the community, Concerned Umunachi Youths (CUY) in a statement made available to newsmen, insisted that Amanze Autonomous Community is the only autonomous community in Obowo LGA whose Eze-elect was given staff of office out of the over fifty (50) recently recognised and given staffs of office by the Hope Uzodimma led Imo State government.
“We heard that someone has been parading himself as the traditional ruler of Umunachi “, the group stated.
According to one Kingsley Osuagwu who said he is an indigene of the community, “Umunachi people had already made their choice on Ezeship.
“We have selected Prince Joseph Emeka Egbukichi unanimously as our traditional ruler.
“Umunachi cannot be deceived by anybody with any trick as we stand firmly on our desired choice”.
In the suit filed before Hon Justice V.C. Isiguzo, Prince Emeka Joseph Egbukichi, Mr Vincent Okoh, Mr Eric Nwosu, Chief Gabriel Adimadu, Mr David Obioma, Elder Ezekiel Okafor and Ichie Isaac Nwachukwu, representing Umuogboghoro kindred, and Mr Charles Abah, Chief Festus Mbachu, Hon Udochukwu Nwagwu, Mr Richard Alozie, Nze Anthony Uche, Nze Thomas Mbadugha, Hon Rowland Uche, and Elder Obediah Okere on behalf of Umunachi people are the plaintiffs/Applicants while Chief Ubaire Okpara, Governor of Imo State, Government of Imo State and Attorney General, Imo State are the defendants.
The matter is scheduled to come up on 10th March, 2022.
Efforts by our reporter to reach Chief Ubaire for his reaction on the development proved abortive.