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Chiefs caution mischief makers over kingship tussle in Delta community

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The Idjerhe Council of Chiefs in Ethiope West Council Area of Delta State, yesterday, restated that Monday Whiskey Udurhie I, remains the Ovie-elect of Idjerhe Kingdom.

It appealed to the Delta State Government and security agencies to arrest and prosecute anyone who was laying claim to the throne.

Specifically, they cautioned one Angus Omasoro to desist from parading himself as the Ovie-elect of the kingdom, warning that his actions contravened the custom and tradition of the Idjerhe people.

The chiefs stated this at the weekend during the first Council of Chiefs meeting held at the Ovie’s palace since the emergence of Monday Whiskey Udurhie I as the new traditional ruler of the kingdom.

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Addressing newsmen on behalf of Idjerhe Council of Chiefs, the Unuevworo of Idjerhe Central, Chief Emmanuel Umukoro, asked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and security agents to quickly arrest plans by some persons to breach peace in the kingdom.

Umukoro noted that all ruling Houses in the kingdom including Idjerhe Central, Oyonbru and Boboroku sub-clan screened and selected Udurhie I as the new King in line with the gazette and traditions of the Idjerhe people.

“Monday Whiskey was picked because of equity. The Idjerhe Kingdom has produced two kings before and they came from Idjerhe Central, hence we zoned the kingship to Oyonbru where Whiskey hails from for equity,” he said.

Also, the Unugbrogodo of Oyonbru sub-clan, Chief William Atiti, said Omasoro and his group had seized to be chiefs in Idjerhe Kingdom having been stripped of their chieftaincy titles some months ago.

He added that the purported midnight action to unlawfully install Omasoro as a King in Idjerhe was unlawful and alien to the custom and tradition of the kingdom.

MEANHWILE, a Chieftain of APC in Delta State and former Coordinator of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), for Delta, Edo and Rivers states, Joel Onowakpo Thomas, has debunked insinuations that he was considering defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Onowakpo, in a statement yesterday, said the speculations were rife because of the recent defection of former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

He stressed that he was not leaving the APC where he was card-carrying member and had emerged unopposed as the House of Representatives candidate in the 2019 election.

Onowakpo had left the PDP in July 2018 at Emede Ward 05, Isoko South Council Area and joined the APC where he contested the Isoko Federal Constituency in the 2019 general elections, but lost to the incumbent, Leo Okuweh Ogor.

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