The paramount ruler of Eggon nation, HRM Bala Angbazo, has stripped former minister of information, Mr Labaran Maku, of his traditional title of ‘Turakin Eggon’.
The action of the monarch was contained in a letter signed by the secretary to the traditional council, Mr Christopher Alaku, and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital.
The letter however did not give reasons on why Maku – a native of Eggon, which is the largest ethnic group in the state – was stripped.
However, sources say it had to do with alleged disrespect shown by Maku in the buildup to the 2015 elections.
Before the poll, the Eggon traditional council tried to make all the aspirants from Eggon step down for one person so the votes of the group will not be divided. A council of elders was formed to mediate between governorship aspirants of Eggon extraction with a view to fielding a consensus candidate. The elders endorsed Senator Solomon Ewuga, but Maku – who was the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance – did not accept their choice.
On the day Ewuga was being presented to the elders at the Eggon Community Secondary School, Maku held a parallel rally at Endehu.