Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has given reasons he ordered immediate withdrawal of certificate of recognition of the Paramount Ruler of Calabar South Local Government Area, Prof Itam Hogan Itam.
He said since the monarch wanted to delve into partisan politics full time, it was important to relieve him of the position.
The reasons were given in a letter addressed to the monarch and signed by the Governorâ€™s Special Adviser on chieftaincy affairs, Mr Ifop Adoga Victor, and dated May 11, 2022.
Itam was directed to surrender his certificate of recognition to the Department of Chieftaincy Affairs in the Governorâ€™s Office, Calabar immediately.
The letter reads,
â€œfollowing 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.
â€œYou, therefore, cease to be so recognised and cannot operate as such forthwith.â€