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No succession crisis in Okonjo’s kingship, says Ogwashi Uku royal family


[FILES] Father of the former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, will on Thursday, June 21, turn 90 years.

Princes of the Umu Obi Obahai royal family in Ogwashi Uku, Delta State have debunked a statement that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala violated traditions by announcing the death of her father, Prof. Ben Chukwuka Okonjo, the Obi of Ogwashi Uku and also his successor.

A lawyer, Patrick Okonjo, had queried the locus of Ngozi to make the announcements. He also alleged that the departed monarch was a mere regent, who usurped the throne. Patrick said a case is in court, challenging the departed monarch’s claim to the throne.


But princes of the kingdom have condemned the assertion, describing Patrick Okonjo, as a renegade and serial petition writer. A statement yesterday by Acting Diokpa of the royal family, Prince Emmanuel Nwokolie Ohei, Ozoma of Ogwashi-Ukwu, Prince Okolobi Nkemjika Lawrence and the Palace Secretary, Prince Ifeakanachukwu Emordi, noted that Patrick lacked the authority to speak on behalf of the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family

“We want to make this known: Patrick Okonjo does not speak for the family; he speaks only for himself as he has always done. We urge our people, the public, media, and all stakeholders to ignore the reckless comments of Patrick,” the statement said.

“He has been issuing such frivolous statements and filing frivolous court cases in pursuit of his selfish interest for over a decade. The family is united in its decision, which produced Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo. And this decision has been endorsed by the kingmakers and Ikelike. The successful installation and the joy of the people last Friday confirm that our people are happy with the decision.

“The new Obi is rounding up the rest of the traditional processes and is set to begin his reign. We thank God for making the process smooth and we also ask Ogwashians to pray for the progress and development of our great people”.

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