- Senator Chris Ngige has berated oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, over the suspension of 12 Anambra traditional rulers
- Ngige described the famous Anambra business mogul as a fair-weather politician
- Eze had earlier criticized Ngige over his position on the traditional rulers' suspension by the Anambra state government
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Dr. Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has lambasted Anambra business mogul, Prince Arthur Eze, for attacking his reputation following his advice on the suspension of 12 Anambra traditional rulers.
According to The Nation, Ngige on Wednesday, September 2, described the famous Anambra oil magnate as a fair-weather politician.
It was reported that the minister had advised Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state to relocate the 12 traditional rulers suspended by the state government from their communities to avert breach of peace.
The former Anambra state governor maintained that Eze’s attacks on him were undignified. Ngige speaking further in a statement by Emmanuel Nzomiwu, his media aide, said that as a former governor he had only advised that the traditional rulers were relocated for administrative and security reasons.
Ngige insisted that he never pushed for the banishment of the business mogul, instead, he called for Eze to be sanctioned for aiding and abetting the traditional rulers to travel without appropriate clearance from the state government.
He added that the act would have run against the tenets of the 1999 constitution, as amended.
Recall that about twelve traditional rulers in Anambra state were handed suspension letter by Governor Obiano over their alleged visit to Abuja to meet President Buhari.
The monarchs were handed suspension notice on Wednesday, August 12, with their punishment contained in a letter signed by Greg Obi, commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs.
The traditional rulers numbering 12 had travelled to Abuja after being invited by Eze. The business mogul has been in a running battle with Governor Obiano for a while and the aggression between the two men peaked on the monarchs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that barely forty-eight hours after their suspension, one of the embattled 12 traditional rulers in Anambra state, Igwe MacAnthony Okonkwo of Alor community, begged for forgiveness from Obiano.
The monarch was quoted to have confessed his sins, asking the governor to forgive him. Igwe Okonkwo who hails from Idemili South local government area of Anambra state, openly apologised to Obiano and the traditional rulers’ council for violating certain rules guiding the operation of monarchs in the state.
Other monarchs, however, insisted the governor has no right to meddle in their fundamental rights in any way as custodians of the people.
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