By Stephanie Ikanone
The Executive Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Area, Hon Solomon Golley, Wednesday July 29, 2020 gave a nine-day ultimatum to the Unugbrugodo’s of Boboruku, Onyobru and Idjerhe central respectively to set up a 13 man committee that will choose an Ovie-elect for the people of Idjerhe Kingdom.
The council boss who dissolved the 10 man committee earlier set up by the Regent of the Kingdom, Chief Emeje Agoda to select a new king for the kingdom, said that they had been there long enough.
Hon. Golley, had hosted a crucial meeting of the Council-in-Chiefs from Onyobru, Boboroku and Jesse central at the council Secretariat in Oghara, capital of Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, with aim of finding a lasting peace to the kingship tussle in the community, while frowning at the unnecessary delay in the selection process.
“I think the kingship issue has taken too much time, that is why we have decided that the three Unugbrodo (most senior chiefs from the three subclan that makes up the Idjerhe kingdom) should meet within 24 hours and nominate names for a new 13 man screening Committee, and we have mandated the would be committee to take the remaining days to do a thorough screening, where a credible and qualified candidate will be picked and I have also asked them to communicate with the leaders in their kingdom. I assure you by next week Friday, we will have a new “Ovie elect”, insisting that anyone who undermines his authority will have to contend with him.
Meanwhile Chief Williams Atiti and Chief Solomon Odemero Ojariefe, have assured the people of Idjerhe kingdom of credible members in the 13 man committee that would be set up for the selection of the Ovie elect.
Chief Atiti who spoke to Sapele Mirror Veteran journalist on the procedure of picking the committee members said “we will make sure the members are credible, who will be unbiased in their selection and the people of the kingdom can be rest assured they will have an Ovie elect that they can be proud of.”
On his part, Ojariefe assured that the crisis in the Kingdom will soon be a thing of the past, “we are peace loving people and law abiding, we will make sure we keep to the time frame and I am very sure that by next week, we will be having an Ovie elect, he added.