Makarfi-led PDP urges Governor Obaseki to reinstate deposed Uromi monarch

Photo credit: Punch Newspapers
Photo credit: Punch Newspapers

The Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi-led faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo to reinstate the deposed paramount ruler of Uromi, Anselm Edenojie.

The faction made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, in Abuja on Sunday.

Mr. Adeyeye condemned the deposition alleging that the monarch was ostensibly deposed for supporting PDP’s candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the recently concluded gubernatorial election in the state.

He added that the deposition was, “further evidence of favouritism and despotic reign of Oshiomole as a former governor of the state for the past eight years.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowers all Nigerian citizens to support, associate with and be affiliated to any political party and candidate of their choice.

“It is a well known fact that several traditional rulers demonstrated
open support, and in fact campaigned for the APC candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.”

The faction urged all Nigerians to prevail on Mr. Obaseki to reverse what it termed “obnoxious deposition” he inherited from his predecessor.

It stated that restoring the monarch to his original position “before he was wrongfully deposed”, needed to be done.

Mr. Edenojie, the Ojuromi of Uromi, in Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state, was recently deposed by the immediate former governor of the state, Mr. Oshiomole.

The monarch, before his deposition, had been given a seven-day suspension by the state government for allegedly assaulting one Ms. Betty Okoebor during the September 28 governorship election.

The action, according to the state government, was sequel to his failure to respond to a query issued to him and for travelling outside the country without express permission.

He was later suspended for one year over alleged misconduct, among other offences.

The deposition, according to the state government, was pursuant to Section 28 (l and II) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979.

(NAN)


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  • Istandwithsherrif

    PDP wait till you reclaim your mandate and restate him yourself. Remember you claim that victory for Mr. Obaseki is victory for Mr. Oshiomole 3rd time. So Obaseki govt is Oshio in proxy. No way!

  • okpada

    A monarch of Ojuromi status is not supposed to slap anybody with his hand, especially, in the public. While moving from polling booth to booth on election day? Is he an accredited election monitor/ observer? Let call a spade a spade. Traditional rulers must be apolitical in all ramifications.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    I can’t believe this is the king of the royalty I belong to. None of his predecessors has ever been partisan even at the time Anthony Enahoro, one of Nigeria’s prominent politicians from Uromi, was in active politics. Because of selfish intrigues, this king in connivance with Chief Tony Anenih virtually prevented Oshiomhole from giving Uromi people the dividends of democracy except the ones Oshiomhole was able to outsmart them to carry out such as the rebuilding of Uromi market and schools. What does it matter the political party a governor belongs to in bringing dividends of democracy to the people? Chief Anenih should show us what he has done for Uromi people in his decades of ‘Mr Fix It’ in a party that ruled Nigeria for sixteen years. He it was who truncated the reconstruction of Benin-Shagamu Express Road as Nigeria’s Minister of Works. Rather than

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    I can’t believe this is the king of the royalty I belong to. None of his predecessors has ever been partisan even at the time Anthony Enahoro, one of Nigeria’s prominent politicians from Uromi, was in active politics. Because of selfish intrigues, this king in connivance with Chief Tony Anenih virtually prevented Oshiomhole from giving Uromi people the dividends of democracy except the ones Oshiomhole was able to outsmart them to carry out such as the rebuilding of Uromi market and schools. What does it matter the political party a governor belongs to in bringing dividends of democracy to the people? Chief Anenih should show us what he has done for Uromi people in his decades of ‘Mr Fix It’ in a party that ruled Nigeria for sixteen years. He it was who truncated the reconstruction of Benin-Shagamu Express Road as Nigeria’s Minister of Works. Rather than be a source of help to Uromi people, this king turned himself to a puppet of discredited politicians for pecuniary reasons. I feel ashamed for the let down he has brought to my royalty – a purely hereditary throne that cannot be bargained just like that of the Oba of Benin. The group of people canvassing for his reinstatement could not summon courage to state what led to his dethronement because they are birds of a feather. No thinking person should weep for this king and his supporters. He should rather be forced to apologize to Uromi people that still have honour.