PHOTOS: Mammoth crowd in Obinugwu as Eze Ilomuanya shuns IMSG; proceeds with iri ji festival.

The last has certainly not been heard in the controversy between Eze Cletus Ilomuanya and the Imo state government. Since the Okorocha administration  announced the dethronement of the monarch in  June this year, it has been one hilarious drama to the other. Clearly, Eze Ilomuanya has brought out his boxing gloves and seems ready to pull all the necessary punches to defend his stool.

As you read this, almost all the heavy weight traditional rulers in Nigeria are in Obinugwu to celebrate the “iri ji” ceremony with Eze Ilomuanya . Edmund Daukoru and the Amanyanabos of Opobo and Bonny respectively were also present.

Minister for Labour, Emeka Nwogu is representing President Goodluck Jonathan who is in Uyo for a one-day working visit.  Other notable dignitaries who showed up at the palace include the Senator representing Orlu Senatorial zone, Chief Hope Uzodinma , Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, Prof.Mrs Viola Onwurili, the Hon Minister of state for Foreign Affairs and the immediate past  Governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi  Ohakim to mention a few.

Here are some pictures from inside  the palace. We will update later.

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As we promised, we are updating this post with more pictures.

iriji obinugwu 2Eze Ilomuanya, flanked by his lovely wife, traditional rulers and dignitaries performs the “iwa ji”.  Holding up the microphone is none other than our immediate past Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.

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President Jonathan’s representative, Minister of Labour Emeka Nwogu….
iri ji obinugwu 5Deputy Speaker, Rt.Hon Emeka Ihedioha

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