Alor (Idemili South LGA)-The battle for the Igweship throne of Alor community, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State, has ended with a coronation of Collins Ebele Chukwumesili as the new traditional ruler.
The new monarch, Igwe Collins Ebele Chukwumesili, Ezedioramma III of Alor, was a businessman and former President-General (PG) of Alor People’s Convention, now known as Alor People’s Assembly (APA).
The crowning ceremony came shortly after the incumbent PG of APA, Chief Uzoma Igbonwa, declared Chukwumesili the Igwe-elect, having been selected by the Uruezeani Village, whose turn it was to select a new Igwe.
“The new monarch was unanimously elected by Alor people after due process and having fulfilled the Alor Constitutional requirements of Section 17 to replace the late Igwe J C Nkwoka,’’ Igbonwa said.
The coronation ceremony was performed by Chief Edwin Ezeoke, the oldest titled man from Okpalo kindred, Uruezeani Village, Alor, in the presence of the Ofor holder, Regent in council and red cap chiefs.
Before his coronation, the new monarch was handed a traditional staff of office (Ofor) by the Ezeofor VII of Alor, Ichie Gibson Onyekonwu.
A majority of Alor people expressed joy that the new traditional ruler was the rightful occupant of the throne as opposed to an alleged imposed Igwe in the embattled Mac Anthony Okonkwo.
It should be noted that Alor people had earlier passed a vote of no confidence in Mac Anthony Okonkwo during a meeting after a motion by Chief Ifeanyi Obiazi (Ichie Idee III of Alor).
The Motion for Vote of No Confidence in Okonkwo said that he brought the Alor community to ridicule, disrepute and public disgrace by his action.
The deposed Igwe Okonkwo was seen in a video in a compromised position, counting the monetary gratification he collected after an ill-fated trip to Abuja.
Consequently, the Anambra State government suspended the errant traditional ruler for his misconduct.
“I have based my motion for a vote of no confidence in him on his misconduct, the findings and recommendations of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council, and his suspension by Anambra State Government,’’ Obiazi said.
Mr Obiazi said that Okonkwo acknowledged that he wronged the Anambra State Government and Alor people through his stage-managed televised apology to the Governor of Anambra.
He noted that the deposed Igwe Okonkwo did not tender apology to Alor people for his misdeeds, which necessitated his moving the motion to pass a vote of no confidence in him
“Therefore, Mr President, I request that my motion to pass vote of no confidence in Mac Anthony Okonkwo be debated and put to vote,’’ said Ichie Obiazi.
The motion for a vote of no confidence was seconded by Mrs Ngozi Udodi.
The Minister of Employment and Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, said that peace had returned to Alor urging the state government to recognise the new monarch `since he is Alor people’s choice’.
“For 17 years, Alor people have been thrown into quagmire because of the recognition of Mac Anthony Okonkwo as Igwe of Alor by both past and present state administrations,” he said.
Executive Assistant to Governor Obiano on projects, Ebuka Igwe, said that court cases bordering on the Igwe throne would come to an end saying that the Alor community would be great again.
“Our governor has listening ears and has interest in community development. I know he has more information than we do and will consider the voice of the masses,’’ Igwe said.
Mr Emeka Ofonwa said the removal of Okonkwo from office and installation of Igwe Chukwumesili as the monarch of Alor would herald the dawn of unity, progress, and development in Alor
Alor Women PG, Mrs Grace Nwoye, said that God had finally answered the prayers and cravings of Alor women and people, begging the government to recognise the people’s choice.
In his remarks, Igwe Chukwumesili said he was full of joy that Alor people saw him worthy to be their monarch, promising that peace and the fear of God would characterise his reign.
Source: Anambra State Government