Three days after the Ginuwa I Ruling House of Itsekiri Kingdom announced the suspension of the Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami, from the Council of Chiefs and Olu’s Advisory Council, Emami on Friday broke his silence, saying he still remains the Ologbotsere.
The Regent of Warri Kingdom, Prince Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, had on Tuesday at a press conference held in the courtyard of the Olu of Warri royal palace announced Emami’s suspension as the Ologbotsere and appointed the Iyatsere as the acting chairman of the Council of Chiefs and the Olu’s Advisory Council.
Okotie-Eboh said Iyatsere was next in command, and “in fact, the most senior chief who accompanied Ginuwa I from Benin to found the Warri Kingdom.”
The Ruling house ordered Emami to “right now step apart as the Ologbotsere and forestall parading himself as such” while urging the Iyatsere to take over right now and steer the the rest of the manner to give Warri Kingdom an “organised, rapid closure.”
The ruling house in particular accused Emami of unilaterally taking an irrational selection via putting forward the disqualification of “a famous contender,” Prince Tsola Emiko, to the vacant stool of the Olu of Warri, “who have been unanimously nominated as the maximum qualified person to take a seat on the throne at this time via the bonafide individuals of the ruling house.”
By that singular motion, the Ginuwa I Ruling House, the handiest ruling residence within the land, accused Emami of getting exhibited actions and tendencies unbecoming of the position he occupies, and “having tested himself unworthy of the Ologbotsere stool.”
According to the ruling house, the problems at stake are “extreme traditional and spiritual subjects, not intended for people with none energy of man or woman, nor the intellectual ability.”
The ruling house insisted that the Governing Edict does no longer provide the Ologbotsere and the Olu’s Advisory Council such powers in any respect to disqualify any candidate provided to them by using the ruling residence, insisting that the Ologbotsere and the council’s handiest prescribed function is to summon the elders and senior officers of the ruling residence, and inside the presence of the Regent, seek advice from the Ifa Oracle one closing time.
While expressing fear that “this singular action of disqualification is now threatening the relative peace in Warri Kingdom and nearly tearing aside the very material of our life,” the ruling house reiterated its loyalty “to the Crown.”
However, Emami stated in a press launch on Friday that he remained the Ologbotsere, adding that “it is the prerogative of the Ologbostere Of Warri Kingdom to call for the General Assembly of the Itsekiri kingdom.”
Emami advised the public to brush aside the assertion that a General Assembly of Itsekiri country become within the offing, insisting that “the Ologbostere of Warri state has not summoned any popular meeting of the Itsekiri kingdom at Ode-Itsekiri in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State or every other venue for now.”
The statement examine in component, “Information achieving me is that a few unscrupulous elements, who need to purpose confusion in our pricey Warri Kingdom, are making frantic efforts to call for a General Assembly.
“Let it be regarded that through distinctive feature of the statement BDSL 147 pursuant to the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979, which publications the system for selection to the succession throne of the Olu of Warri, when an Olu is indisposed, it’s miles simplest the Ologbostere that has the strength to summon the General Assembly of the Itsekiri country. Any action taken via every other person(s) is in war of words with the edict.”
Emami known as on protection groups to preserve any man or woman that goes contrary to regulation to avoid a breach of the peace in Warri Kingdom.