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Delta women protest against non-indigenous king installation

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The ancient Ewu-Urhobo kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State is embroiled in a tense situation as womenfolk have embarked on a peaceful protest to denounce the planned installation of Clement Ikolo as their king. 

The protesters vehemently oppose Ikolo’s candidature, asserting that he is not an indigene of the Ewu-Urhobo kingdom and that his selection results from undue influence and connections.

The women, carrying placards with messages like “Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, do the right thing” and “Ewu is a peaceful kingdom, we don’t need crisis,” marched in protest, demanding intervention from the Orodje of Okpe kingdom and urging Governor Oborevwori to reconsider his decision. They vowed to resist the imposition of Ikolo with every means at their disposal.

A statement issued by the protesters emphasized their rejection of Ikolo’s installation, citing his lack of legitimacy and the rightful claim of His Royal Majesty Awarieta Bernard as the chosen king. They recounted their previous protest in February, which resulted in the brutalization of protesters and the death of one of their members.

We will resist the installation of Clement Ikolo as our king, because he is not the chosen person and he is not the right person to occupy the throne.

“The Delta State government is being misled through the influence and connection of Clement Ikolo, who believes he can buy the throne with his money.

“We have a crown King in the kingdom of Ewu and he is His Royal Majesty Awarieta Bernard, but not Clement Ikolo,” the statement read.

Chief Mrs. Christiana Ofuedje, the spokesperson for the protesting women, appealed to Governor Oborevwori to uphold the age-long tradition of allowing the community to choose their king. She emphasized that Ikolo’s non-indigenous status renders him ineligible for the throne.

The protesters sought the intervention of the Orodje of Okpe, the Chairman of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, urging him to advise Governor Oborevwori to cancel the planned presentation of staff of office to Ikolo. They warned of potential unrest and disruption if their pleas are ignored.

In response, the Unukpe of Okpe Kingdom, Okakuro Michael Afe, assured the protesters that their message would be conveyed to the Orodje upon his return. He appealed for calm and patience while the matter is addressed.

 

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