Chieftaincy Titles Withdrawn by Three Anambra Monarchs from Ubah

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Amidst the controversy surrounding the granting of chieftaincy titles to Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who represents Anambra South senatorial zone, three traditional rulers in Anambra State have formally revoked the titles. The monarchs involved are Igwe F.E. Ebelendu of Aguluezechukwu in Aguata local government area, Igwe Onwuamaeze Damian Ezeani of Neni in Anaocha local government area, and Igwe Gerald Obunadike Mbamalu of Ojoto in Idemili South local government area.

Igwe Mbamalu bestowed the title of Ikemba Ojoto upon Ubah, Igwe Ezeani granted him the Odenjiinji Neni, and Igwe Ebelendu presented him with Dike Eji Eje Ogu. Since this event, the contentious monarchs have faced significant backlash from their subjects and the state government for their actions, prompting them to reverse their decision.

Christian Aburime, the Press Secretary to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, stated in a release that the monarchs have individually expressed regret to the Anambra State government. They have officially retracted and annulled the chieftaincy titles conferred on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, acknowledging that it violated the State Traditional Rulers’ law.

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Aburime's statement highlighted, "This action by the three traditional rulers directly violated the State Traditional Rulers’ code, a set of rules governing the granting and revocation of chieftaincy titles.

As a result, the titles of Ikemba Ojoto, Odenjiinji Neni, and Dike Eji Eje Ogu, previously conferred upon Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, have been officially withdrawn and nullified by the three Igwes.

This information is detailed in their individual letters of apology to the state government, confirming the withdrawal and cancellation of the chieftaincy titles, which they collectively deemed as null and void."

In late the previous year, Senator Ubah joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) and is rumored to be harboring gubernatorial ambitions, intending to contest against the incumbent governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, in the upcoming election.

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Shortly after his defection to the APC, Ubah started receiving invitations for chieftaincy titles from numerous traditional rulers in the state, a development that drew disapproval from the state government.

Following the suspension of one of the traditional rulers, Igwe Ezeani of Neni, by the state government for conferring a chieftaincy title on Ubah, others promptly rescinded their titles bestowed upon Ubah and formally notified the state government of their actions.

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