HOW DELTA STATE GOVT. FACILITATED PROF. PAUL OKUMAGBA’S SELECTION, AS OROSUEN OF OKERE-URHOBO KINGDOM

On Wednesday September 27th, 2017, Okere-Urhobo community leaders met at the conference hall of the deputy governor's office Asaba to resolve kingship tussle in the kingdom.

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved as follows:-

  • That the five King makers still alive should go back and sit to bring out the modalities for the selection of the new Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo kingdom
  • That all should see Chief Wilson Eboh as the Otota of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom
  • It was also noted that if the existing declaration of the Kingdom needed some adjustment all the interested parties should follow the right procedure in order to effect such amendments

Following this resolution, the five king makers selected one of their own, Chief(Prof.) Paul Okumagba as the new Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom. The king makers is made up of Chief Wilson Eboh(Otota), Chief(Dr.) George Amurun(JP) Chief(Prof.) Paul Okumagba, Chief(Barr.) Emmanuel Omovie and Chief Pa Dickson Eburo.

According to minutes of the meeting made available to www.deltanewsroom.com, the community leaders were invited following petitions sent to the government on the kingship dispute. The meeting was presided over by Barr. Ernest Ogwezzi, the Commissioner for special duties, who represented the deputy Governor.

Two main issues were raised by the petitioners:

  • The legality of the Otota of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom as presently constituted, to engage the Kingmakers in the selection and installation of a new Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom and that the Declaration of the Kingdom was faulty and needed to be reviewed.
  • Petition from the counsel to the Otota with allegation of threat to the life of Chief Wilson Eboh who is the Otota of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom and other actions capable of causing breach of public peace.

Barr. Ernest Ogwezzi then went ahead to explained that the matter on ground was going to be handled in a question and answer mode as he intended to go straight to the point. He further noted that Government was in possession of  all the documents relating to the matter and that government will try in its wisdom to resolve it amicably.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

Question 1: Who was the first Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo?

Answer: The first group led by the Otota, Chief Wilson Eboh responded by saying that Idama 1. It was Ojagbugbe 1. This answer was corroborated by the second group led by Chief Victor Okumagba.

Question 2: Did the government recognize and approve his appointment?

Answer: Chief Eboh  answered yes. Chief Victor Okumagbe also said yes, but specified it for Ojagbugbe 1 only.

Question 3: Did the government gazette his appointment?

Answer: Both parties answered in the affirmative

Question 4:  Is there any declaration regulating succession to the Orosuen title?

Answer: Chief Wilson Eboh led group answered yes and that it is not in dispute since the matter was taken to court for adjudication and it was struck out by the court.  Chief Victor Okumagbe led group responded by saying that there is a declaration which is in dispute.

Question 5: Is there a document supporting this judgement?

Answer: Chief Wilson Eboh said Yes, while Chief Victor Okumagba group claimed that it was manipulated

Question 6: Were members of Chief Victor Okumagba led group part of the suit.

Answer: Chief Wilson Eboh said  yes while Chief Victor Okumagba noted that they were not a party to the suit.

It was also submitted by the the Chief Victor Okumagba led group that from the 9 king makers that were appointed by King Ojagbugbe 1, it was only one person that was still alive and it was only him that the group recognises.

As a way forward, the only appointee of King Ojagbugbe 1, Chief George Amurun who was present at the meeting was asked to speak on this and also gave his submission on the number of kingmakers Okere-Urhobo has at present.

In his remark, Chief Amurun confirmed that there were only five king makers in Okere-Urhobo Kingdom at present including himself.

Arising from the submission of Chief George Amurun, the deputy governor’s representative, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzi resolved that the five King makers still alive should go back and sit to bring out the modalities for the selection of the new Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo kingdom

Meanwhile, with the selection of Prof. Paul Okumagba, the king makers are currently making arrangement to invite the Delta state government to present him with a staff of office after he has fulfilled all the traditional rites

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