Embattled traditional ruler of Mgbala-Agwa Autonomous Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, HRH, Eze B.O. Ubah, has explained reasons why he fled his domain, and took to a self-imposed exile in Owerri, the state capital, since May, 2014, as a move towards restoring lasting peace and order in the community, as well as run away from some unscrupulous elements in the community who are after his life.
Speaking in Owerri on what he described as fictious media reports against him and the entire community, being aftermath of his legitimate and successful emergence as traditional ruler of the community. Eze Ubah said that, trouble brewed up; in his community Mgbala Agwa, when he emerged winner among other seven (7) contestants in the Ezeship race, in which, according to him, the constitution, stipulated that his own village, in the rotation formula should produce the monarch, with the exit of the former traditional ruler, HRH, late Eze Charles Ukwu.
He further explained it was the turn of Umuelegbe, Umuezeala, and Umuokoro clan to field Royal father of the community, after the late monarch’s village turn. Consequently according to Eze Ubah, an open ballot mode of selection of Mgbala-Agwa Autonomous community’s monarch was conducted by the governor, Owelle Okorocha, and he won.
According to the embattled monarch, a committee was set up by the town union to screen the Ezeship contenders in a fraudulent manner, which precipitated the intervention of the governor, Rochas Okorocha, who casted ballot for the contenders to pick, consequent upon which, he picked the Ezeship stool and was five days later, given certificate and staff of office as traditional ruler of the community by the state governor.
The Mgbala-Agwa natural ruler, also hinted that, some unscrupulous youths in the community who felt aggrieved with his defeat of their proponent among the seven contenders in race, took arms against him and invaded his house (palace). An ugly development which resulted to arson, rape and armed robbery among the aggrieved youths, who he, added killed three (3) youths from the community, and went ahead to institute a murder case against him at the Oguta High Court.
Eze Blaise Ubah, said that, the court found him not guilty as charged and granted him bail.