ElombahNews is in possession of information showing that the traditional ruler of Alor, Igwe Mark-Anthony Okonkwo made a mince meat of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and fellow traditional rulers.
The controversy involved the visit of the traditional rulers to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Friday August 7, 2020.
It could be recalled that the traditional rulers, who were sponsored by the controversial Anambra State-born businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, were barred from getting to the Presidential Villa based on security reports.
After the ill-fated visit, however, the governor of Anambra state, Mr. Willie Obiano, suspended the 12 traditional rulers who sought audience with President Buhari in Abuja.
A letter announcing the suspension of the 12 traditional rulers for one year, signed by Greg Obi, commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs, said the action was taken because they travelled outside the state without government’s approval.
The statement listed the affected traditional rulers as: Igwe Alex Edozieuno (Mkponando), Igwe Anthony Okonkwo (Alor), Igwe Chukwuma Bob Vincent Orji (Ezenifite), Igwe GBC Mbakwe (Abacha), Igwe Chijioka Nwankwo (Nawfia) and Igwe Nkeli Nelly (Igbariam).
Others are Igwe Anthony Onyekwere (Owelle), Igwe AN Onwueme (Ikenga), Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem (Umumbo), Igwe SO Uche (Ezira), Igwe Emeka Ilouno (Ifiteduno) and Igwe Udoji (Eziagulu-Otu).
Shortly after the suspension, the people of Alor community, goaded on by Senator Chris Ngige, picked and presented a new monarch to Governor Obiano for recognition and appointment.
The community was so incensed under him that they passed vote-of-no confidence on him seeking his summary removal.
Surprisingly, Obiano turned Ngige and his cohorts down.
Igwe Okonkwo, afterwards, tendered an unreserved apology in a video obtained by ElombahNews, to Anambra State government for his actions.
He also tendered unreserved apology to the Anambra Traditional Rulers Council in an interview with Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS).
The Alor Traditional Ruler regretted his actions and failure to inform Obiano as the Chief Security Officer of the state before embarking on the trip with others to Abuja.
Igwe Okonkwo restated his total loyalty and unalloyed support to the Obiano administration.
Not done with turning Ngige and his cohorts down, Obiano reinstated Igwe Mark-Anthony Okonkwo as the traditional ruler of Alor.
He also recognised the sacked Town Union Caretaker Committee of Alor and rejected the election of Alor People’s Assembly won by High Chief Uzoma Igbonwa, all of Ngige’s camp.
All the efforts of the Minister of Labour to be in the good books of Governor Obiano in order to curry some favours from him especially on the lingering crisis in his home town Alor, yielded no positive result.
Ngige, this medium was informed, regretted coming to the aid of the governor to fight Prince Arthur Eze and Igwe Okonkwo where he helped to block the traditional rulers from meeting with the President in Abuja.
However, ElombahNews gathered that much of what transpired with the Alor Monarch was a smokescreen to fool Ngige and other traditional rulers as Igwe Mark-Anthony was all the while acting as Obiano’s spy.
A source close to the Alor monarch revealed to this medium that Igwe Mark-Anthony Okonkwo of Alor was a spy planted by the Obianos to get details of the entire meeting with Chief Arthur Eze and the visit to the Presidency.
He said: “When Igwe Alor told Obiano’s wife who is close to him about the invitation by Chief Arthur Eze and his intention not to be part of the meeting, the Obianos encouraged him to attend and play along to feed them with everything that transpired.
“All the videos of that meeting were actually from Igwe of Alor.
“He even sent those that captured him while counting money to dispel all suspicion about his involvement.
“The suspension with others and the lifting of the suspension were all planned, such that Sen. Chris Ngige was also deceived.”
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