Anambra state governor Chief Willie Obiano has approved the suspension of the Igweship certificate of HRH Igwe Peter A. Uyanwa, (Eze Dike), traditional ruler of Ukwulu town in Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State.
A statement from the state ministry if local government and Chieftaincy Affairs noted that the effective date for the suspension is Friday, July 24th, 2020.
A statement signed by Mr. Greg Obi, Anambra state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs quoting the powers given to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Anambra State under Section 10 (B) of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Law 1981, said the suspension is for a period of 1 year. It said the sanction may be lifted at the end of one year or renewed, or upgraded in the intervening period depending on government’s review of Igwe Uyanwa’s conduct.
Though government attributed it’s action to security breach impeccable source indicated that the anger of Obiano due as a result of the royal father’s opposition to the zoning of 2021 governorship position to the southern senatorial district.
Obiano and his party the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has ceded the governorship position to the southern zone, but some traditional rulers including Uyanwa maintained that zoning the position could trigger political unrest.
The statement further directed Igwe Uyanwa to stop holding himself out as a traditional ruler, and to cease from discharging traditional ruler’s function in Ukwulu community, or elsewhere in the state and beyond.
By this suspension, the statement concluded, Igwe Peter Uyanwa’s Chairmanship of Anambra Central Traditional Rulers Council, and membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, and appointment in any other government committee are also rescinded.
Our source noted other more traditional rulers who are opposed to the zoning arrangement would be sanctioned in the near future.