Since the selection of Prince Tsola Emiko as the Olu of Warri-designate some months ago, his selection to ascend the throne of the Itsekiri Kingdom in Delta State has been immersed in controversy.
Despite efforts by critical stakeholders and traditional rulers in the state to resolve the opposition to his forthcoming coronation on August 21, the Ologbotsere (or traditional Prime Minister) of Warri, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has refused to withdraw a lawsuit challenging Prince Emiko’s claim to the Warri throne.
Emami has insisted on adherence to a 1979 Edict of the defunct Bendel State Edict as applicable to present day Delta State, which stipulates the process of ascension to the throne.
According to him, the disqualification of Prince Emiko as Omoba was first done in 2015 over failure to meet the criteria to succeed his late father, Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse 11, owing to the fact that his mother is Yoruba and not of Benin origin.
Emami’s opposition, however, may be in conflict with the Nigerian Constitution, which clearly states that no citizen shall be discriminated against based on his or her state of origin, or in this case the origin of his mother’s birthplace.
ALEX EYENGHO, the spokesperson for the Ologbotsere Descendants worldwide of Itsekiri Kingdom, discusses how he intends to succeed in his quest against the coronation of Prince Emiko.
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