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The Imo State Government is no longer comfortable with the leaders  of Obibi Uratta  Autonomous Community, Imo State, who have refused to solve the minor Ezeship disputes in the community using common sense and wisdom, the result of which many sons of the community currently parade as Eze-Elect at the same time is a really embarrassment to the State Government.

According to reports, Imo government conveyed to the community leaders her decision that all factions of the community should be able to settle their differences quickly  or  else government will decide who to make Eze by looking at the crux of their rotation of the Ezeship stool in line with the community's Ezeship Constitution.

The state government also made it clear that her interest is to make sure Obibi Uratta does not lag behind others communities in the state being entitled to an Eze recognized by the Governor.

According to the secretary to the state Government Hon. Mark Uchendu, it would be a good thing if Obibi Uratta gets into the list of communities due to have recognized Ezes in the state, adding however that any decision of court on the matter would always be respected by Government where parties fail to resolve their differences out of court.

On the question of persons parading as His Royal Majesty Eze or Eze Elect, Hon. Uchendu war ed those so parading to desist or face the wrath of law. Meanwhile, four Ezeship disputants in the community have filed their papers with Government laying claim to the stool.

It will be recalled that the primary disputant Chief Amobi Uwaleke started in 2016 to lay claim to the stool. Chief  Uwaleke  allegedly announced himself Eze when the one year customary mourning period for any deceased Eze in Imo State was still running and had not lapsed. That irked members of the Regency Council of the community who immediately began to battle Chief Uwaleke and continued until the governor formally stopped Chief Uwaleke from parading as Eze in July/August 2017.

The secondary disputants are Sir Boniface (from Umuotobo Village), Kenneth Ekechi and Chief Sylvester Obiakor( both froim Umuoboche Village) who came properly for thr stool after the customary mourning period of the late Eze who died in March 2016 had elapsed. These disputants participated in the Ezeship Election conducted by the Ezeship Committee of the community on 28th August 2017. Unfortunately, there was no formal screening out of aspirants caught by the rotation principle on the ground that their village benefit from the first rotation of the Ezeship stool. The failure of the Ezeship Committee to screen out Sir Bon Ariri whose village benefited from the first rotation clause in their constitution.

Sources gathered that several intrigues have since come into the case with Sir Non Arir's lawyer Chief C.C. Onyeagbako Esq Intriguingly working for Umorii Town to lose the stool to their sister town (Umuotoboche Village of Umuorii Town under the rotation principle. Reacting to the situation, the chairman Obibi Uratta Ezeship Committee told newsmen that the two rightful candidates from Umuotoboche Village Kenneth Ekechi and Chief Sylvester.

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