Leadership crisis has rocked the Ndi-Igbo of Kano State, as both two factions led by Boniface Ibekwe and Ikechukwu Akpudo claim the title of Eze Ndi-Igbo (Ezedioramma) of the Kano State.
The crisis started after the death of Oliver Chiejina, the Eze Ndi-Igbo (Ezedioramma lV) in 2015, as both the warring parties claimed to be his successor in line with Igbo Community Association, ICA constitution after the normal burial rites of the deceased.
A newspaper report on Wednesday said Nze Ignatus and Leonard Nwosu, believed to be from the camp of Mr Akpudo had approached a Kano High Court number 4, requesting the court to nullify the emergence of Igwe Boniface Ibekwe as Eze Ndi-Igbo in Kano.
They also prayed the court to restrain him from parading himself as the Eze Ndi-Igbo in the state.
The report added that the court dismissed all the issues raised against Mr Ibekwe and confirmed him as the Ezedioramma V, on the premise that the plaintiff had failed to prove his case.
But at a press conference on Monday, Mr Akpudo denied the media report that he was defeated in the High Court in Kano by Mr Ibekwe.
According to Mr Akpudo, there was no time he instituted a legal case against Mr Ibekwe at the said Kano High Court, claiming that the purported story was untrue and a concoction of lies to stir controversy and cause confusion among the Igbo community in the state.
Mr Akpudo also dismissed any legal tussle with Mr Ibekwe for disregarding his title and its nomenclature by Mr Ibekwe or any other person.
The embattled leader then stressed that “I remain, His Royal Highness, Igwe Ikechukwu Akpudo, Eze Ndi-Igbo in Kano (Ezedioramma V).
“I was duly and constitutionally installed as the fifth Eze Ndi-Igbo in Kano, in line with the Igbo Community Association, ICA constitution, after the normal burial rites were accorded to the Ezedioramma lV, Igwe John Chiejina Nnaji.”
He continued, “I advise Mr Boniface to desist from blackmail and propaganda to gain cheap popularity at the detriment of the sanctity, respect and royalty of Ndi-Igbo in Kano and the Igbo nation.”
While appealing to the press to crosscheck facts straight all times, Mr Akpudo also calm on Igbo community in the state to remain calm and how about their normal businesses.