Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Ayade sack Paramount ruler of Calabar South, Prof. Itam Hogan

Cross River governor Prof Ben Ayade has ordered the immediate withdrawal of certificate of recognition of the Paramount Ruler of Calabar South Local Government Area, Prof Itam Hogan Itam for dabbling into partisan politics and to allow him participate full in politics.

The order convening the certificate withdrawal is contained in a letter addressed to the embattled paramount ruler dated 11th May, 2022 and signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Adoga, Ifop Victor.

The letter said with this, the paramount ruler cease to be so recognised and cannot operate as such forthwith. Consequently, the government has directed Itam to surrender his certificates of recognition to the Department of Chieftaincy Affairs, Governor's Office, Calabar immediately.

The letter reads " following the report of the panel set up by the Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council (CRSTRC) and the approval of His Excellency, you have been removed as the village head, Clan head of Ukem and Paramount Ruler of Efuts with immediate effect to enable you go ahead to do your partisan politics. "You therefore ceased  to be so recognised and cannot operate as such forthwith.

It is learnt that Prof Itam Hogan Itam was a part of the People's Democratic Party PDP Southern Senatorial District caucus that recently met and chose one of its governorship aspirant, Mr Authur Jarvis as the party's consensus candidate for  Cross River South for the 2023 governorship election, an act contrary to the edict establishing the state traditional rulers council.


 Meanwhile Efut Combined Assembly, the apex decision making body of the Efuts presided over by Muri Munene Maurice Okon Eyo, the Supreme head of Efut Combined Assembly and president, Calabar South local government Traditional Rulers Council has thanked Governor Ben Ayade for promptly intervening in the matter which it described as a right step in the right direction and to deter further occurrence.

  A release signed by the Secretary General of Efut Combined Assembly,Ndabu Dr Godwin Bassey has called on all sons and daughters of Efut both at home and the diaspora and other members of the public to remain calm and go about their businesses as the people of Efut will soon  present their leader to government for recognition.