Posted by News Express | 24 July 2021 | 316 times
The crisis rocking the Olu of Warri stool has taken a new dimension, with the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami, making a presentation before the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council in a bid to stop plans to crown Prince Tsola Emiko as the 21st Olu of Warri next month.
Emami, armed with a letter addressed to the Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, His Majesty, Emmanuel Oyinke Efeizomo II, The Obi of Owa Kingdom, stormed the state secretariat of the council in Asaba, the state capital, on Friday.
The letter was copied the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Felix A. Mujakperuo Orhue I, Vice Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Pere of Akugbene Mein Kingdom, in Bomadi Local Government, Pere S.P. Luke, Kalanama VIII, 2nd Vice Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council.
In the letter which was presented before the royal fathers, Emami advised against honouring invitation to the purported coronation ceremony, urging the monarchs to ignore the invitation to the coronation, until the legal hurdles are cleared.
The letter entitled, “The Need To Adhere Strictly To The Extant Law On Coronation Of A King Vis-à-vis The Avoidable Controversy Surrounding The Choice Of The 21st Olu Of Warri” reads in full:
“I recall with nostalgia, the unfortunate event surrounding the transition of the 20th Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, who was very active and played prominent role in this respected Council. Palace of the Olu of Warri, through the Director of Palace Administration, Chief Clement A. Maleghemi, had on December 22, 2020, told the world in an elaborate press conference held in Warri, that our now transited revered Monarch, Ogiame Ikenwoli, The Olu of Warri, was indisposed and receiving medical attention by a team of qualified medical specialists. In the referenced press conference, the Director of Palace Administration, noted and I quote inter-alia: “Further information on the subject, would be made known to the general public by the Office of the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom”.
“In keeping with the Tradition and Custom of Itsekiri people as it relates to the announcement of the passage of our king, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri and search for a successor, I informed the Ruling House of Warri Kingdom, after due consultation with prominent members of the Warri Traditional Council. A process, which is in tandem with the 1979 Edict of the defunct Bendel State, applicable to Delta State and strictly followed in the processes leading to the choice of Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko as the 20th Olu of the pristine Warri Kingdom.
“My principle, was for the Itsekiri people to strictly respect the Edict, particularly after many prominent Itsekiris told me not to act contrary. While the processes were ongoing, some persons hijacked it and created the erroneous impression that Itsekiri people no longer have respect for the rule of law.
“Your Majesty, permit me to remind you of the processes as it relates to the selection of a new Olu of Warri, in the event of the passage of an Olu:
“What has now changed to make Prince Tsola Emiko eligible for the position as at 2021”.
“Let it be on record, that without an amendment of the existing law, which should be the collective decision of all Itsekiris that must also be in strict compliance with a legal due process of amendments of such extant laws which we all know must pass through the Delta State House of Assembly. It is not about a few noise-making cartel, who are desperate for power, to paint me in negative light before majority of Itsekiris, who stand for the rule of law and unsuspecting non-Itsekiris that are ignorant and uninformed of the letter and spirit of the Edict.
“I want to state very emphatically, that I have no personal interest in this matter and in particular I have nothing against the person of Prince Tsola Emiko, however, in my position as the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom and in the absence of the Olu, I owe the Itsekiri nation, the duty and obligation to uphold the tradition of the Itsekiri people as codified in the 1979 edict and ensure strict compliance to both the law and the tradition of my people.
“I wish to inform you formally, that in order to have a legal pronouncement on the controversies that have been raging concerning the successor to the Olu of Warri, I have instituted SUIT NO: W/128/2021 between CHIEF AYIRIMI EMAMI VS CHIEF AKOMA DUDUN DIMEYIN and two (2) others for the court to determine.
“If members of the Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, allow the traditional brigandage by the cartel to subsist in Warri Kingdom, it would serve as a bad precedent, not just to the Itsekiri people, but to other kingdoms in Delta State and beyond.
“I want to believe that members of this exalted Traditional Rulers’ Council, would have been invited for a purported Coronation of the 21st Olu of Warri, billed for Saturday August 21, 2021. As the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, I want to urge members of this Council, with all sense of respect for the Traditional institution and responsibility bestowed on me by Itsekiri Nation, to ignore the invite, until the Court decides or otherwise.
“I thank you in anticipation of your understanding and cooperation”.
No comments yet. Be the first to post comment.