Anambra state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has suspended the traditional ruler of Neni, Igwe Damian Ezeani, in the Anaocha local government area of the state indefinitely for giving chieftaincy title on APC chieftain Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who is set challenge his governorship in 2025.

The state government, through the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Hon. Collins Nwabunwanne, said that the monarch did not get permission to do such.

One of the leaders in Neni, said Soludo’s annoyance was that the monarch conferred on Ubah (Odenjinji- meaning like a tornado).

The statement read: “We have received confirmed reports that you, as the traditional ruler of Neni, conferred such a phantom chieftaincy title today on one Senator Ifeanyi Ubah in violation of the Code of Conduct and without clearance from the ministry.

“Whether or not your action was for pecuniary reasons as being insinuated in many quarters is irrelevant. What is important is that your action is an affront to order and good governance.

“In the light of the, above, and for order and good governance, I am directed to inform you that Mr. Governor has in the exercise of his powers under Section 2 (C) of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers (Amendment) Law, 2020, suspended your recognition as Traditional Ruler of Neni until further notice.