Reports have emerged of a heated clash between the immediate past Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the Obi of Obinugwu, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, aboard an Air Peace flight to Abuja.
It was gathered that Ilomuanya reportedly hit the former governor- who was seated next to him – with his stick in the heat of the argument.
According to reports, the airline crew, led by the captain, had to change the seat of Senator Okorocha to prevent a further clash.
Why the clash?
It was gathered that Ilomuanya may be angry over his dethronement as the Imo Council of Traditional Rulers Chairman by Okorocha.
Senator Okorocha had dethroned Ilomunaya in 2011 shortly after he assumed office as the governor.
The case moved from the Federal High Court to the Court of Appeal Court to the Supreme Court.
Speaking in an interview with the Guardian in 2017, Ilomunaya had accused Okorocha of been vindictive over a political decision the traditional rulers made before he assumed office.
He said: “I must confess I have no personal problems with Governor Rochas Okorocha. I have no other option than to honour and respect his person and office. This I have always done, despite his calculated attempts to dishonour me.
“But what I oppose in all ramifications is Governor Okoracha’s dictatorial tendencies. He is playing the god in Imo. This is not good for our people. It is also not good for the image of Imo State.”