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Ubulu-Uku Kingship Crisis: Delta Govt Gives Embattled Monarch Appointment Letter

Obi of Ubulu-Uku
Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi

Asaba – The Delta State Government has announced the ratification of the choice of Obi of Ubulu-Uku, Noah Chukwuka Akaeze I, who has been installed by the traditional council of chiefs, as the paramount ruler of the kingdom

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who announced the appointment in Asaba Wednesday during a press conference to flag-off activities for the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state, said that he has no formal petition against his coronation.

The monarch was coroneted after his father, Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue II, was abducted and killed by suspected kidnappers on January 5. His decomposing body was discovered on January 21, in a nearby bush.

Provoked, the Onishe of the kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Ejiofor, disowned him, accusing the state government of meddling unduly into the affairs of the kingdom and called the monarch a “usurper” like his father, and “government appointed king.”

Although, the Council of Chiefs in the kingdom said that Ejiofor had since been placed on suspension, Ejiofor wondered why a boy of 17 years old was being politically motivated to rubbish the gods of the land and its customs and tradition.

The governor represented by Mr. Patrick Ukah, his Commissioner for Information, at the event, said as far as the state was concerned, his choice followed due process.

He said that the council approved Prince Akaeze’s appointment as the next Obi of Ubulu-Uku after the community and the kingmakers had satisfied the necessary processes for the emergence of a new king.

“There are processes that must be followed when appointing a new king, and at the state government level, what we know is that the processes have been completely followed. It has passed through the local government traditional rulers’ council and it is now before the state government for ratification which is what we have done’’.

Continuing, “There is no petition before us as a government. No evidence to show that the installation of Obi Noah Akaeze was done in error or that crisis has trailed it. The process for his appointment has been diligently followed and completed. As far as we are concerned, the process before us followed due process,” Ukah stated.

The Commissioner said that as soon as the state government was done with his appointment, the staff of office would be given to him.