In a move described as very vindictive by critical observers of Edo politics, the outgoing governor of Edo State, diminutive Adams Oshiomhole has issued a statement removing Ojuromi as the monarch of Uromi, Chief Tony Anenih’s town.
But, indigenes of Uromi have described the action of the government as unprecedented. Succession to the throne is by the principle of primogeniture. In other words, the throne moves from a father to the eldest son and a son cannot succeed his father until he is dead.
The face-off between the Edo state government and the monarch really started because of his support for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the last governorship election in Edo State.
The minuscule Oshiomhole announced the removal of the monarch in a statement on Wednesday signed by Edo State Secretary to the government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere. The letter addressed him ordinarily as Mr Anselm O Edenojie.
The government statement which was entitled: “Deposition from Office as Ojuromi of Uromi: Addendum”, read:
“Please be informed that the initial Exco decision of 26th October 2016 has been further affirmed.
“Consequently, you have been deposed as the Ojuromi of Uromi pursuant to Section 28 (i & ii) of the Traditional Rulers & Chiefs Law, 1979.
“Kindly, therefore, disregard our letter of 4th November 2016 on the subject “Re: Letter of Apology to Edo State Government.”
Oshiomhole on 28 September accused the king of assaulting a woman during the polls.
He was also accused of interfering in the conduct of the election, leaving his palace to canvass votes for the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Government gave him a query and ordered him to apologise to the woman assaulted.
The king was said to have ignored the letter and travelling out of his domain, overseas.
Government placed him on a 7-day suspension and still demanded a letter of apology for snubbing government and failing to apologise to the lady assaulted.
On 4 November, the government stepped up its sanctions by suspending the king known as Zaiki Edenojie II for one year, effective from Monday.
In addition, the monarch was stripped of all his rights and privileges that he had hitherto exercised. He was also to lose a share of the five per cent revenue accruing to the local council.
But the monarch took the Edo State government to court and requested for N1billion damages.
And now the sledge hammer: he is now to lose his throne and become an ordinary citizen: Mr. Anselm O Edonije.