Igwe MacAnthony Okonkwo of Alor Community, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, tendered his apology to Obiano and the Traditional Rulers’ Council for violating certain rules guiding the operation of monarchs in the state at the weekend.
Recall that Obiano, had on August 7, announced the suspension of the 12 monarchs for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja in the company of Prince Arthur Eze, an international oil magnate.
The suspension according to the Governor is for one year.
Reacting to the suspension during a press conference in his palace, Igwe Okonkwo admitted he erred and tendered an “unreserved apology” to Obiano
He said, “It was a serious slip on my part not to have informed the government about the trip to Abuja before embarking on it. I therefore tender an unreserved apology.”
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He also denied the rumour that he was induced with money and gifts before agreeing to accompany Prince Eze to see President Buhari.
He said that the money he was seen counting was meant for his driver and other aides for their upkeep and wondered how somebody of his status who had made money before becoming a traditional ruler would be accused of taking bribes.
Hear him: “How can they call it a bribe? What kind of bribe is that? That is total fallacy? I was counting out money for my driver and other aides for fuel and their welfare.
“I have never taken any bribe in my life from anybody. But if I wish to do so, you have to pack Ghana-Must-Go bags of dollars up to 10 or 20, if I receive them, then you will be talking about bribes.
”Secondly, Ndi Igwe do not have constitutional right to remove the governor or do anything to him. We are not lawmakers who have such constitutional rights.”