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The Delta State Government has assured that based on the attitude displayed by leaders of Okere Urhobo Kingdom during the presentation of the draft White Paper put together to resolve the crisis rocking the kingdom on the process of installing a new king ” Oroseun‘” that will be acceptable by all the leaders sinceboth the Okpako Orere and the three ruling houses will be involved in the selection and installation processes.
Chief Edwin Uzor, Special Assistant to Governor Okowa on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, and who was also the chairman of the committee set up to look at the succession crisis in Okere Urhobo Kingdom by the state government stated this in his address to the leaders of Okere Urhobo Kingdom in Government House Annex Warri recently.
Uzor who was in the company of Dr Michael Tidi, Chairman of Warri South local government area said that, with the resolution of the crisis there will be lasting peace in the kingdom, since the people will chose their king and present him to the government, adding that, government will only come in where there is crisis, advising that the due process should be followed to ensure peace.
Uzor said that, some of key resolutions are that; the OkereUrhobo Kingdom belongs to all sons and daughters of the kingdom therefore dictatorship cannot stand, rather the OkpakoOrere and three ruling houses are the only authority that have the right to commence selection and installation process of the king (Orosuen) of the kingdom, just as the Otota is also recognized by the government.
He urged those who went to courts to withdraw their cases since efforts are already on to resolve all issues affecting the kingship.
All leaders of the kingdom, Chiefs Wilson Eboh, Emmanuel Okumagba, Gideon Okumagba and Victor Okumagba hailed the resolutions of the government, describing it as a working document which will bring lasting peace to the kingdom.
Chief Gideon Okumagba expressed satisfaction with the white paper, saying that, in as much it has addressed the issue of the installation of Oroseun, he is ready to work with the OkpakoOrere provided those from the other side are ready to work with him as well.
“I’m satisfied with the resolutions of the government most especially when it talks about the process of installing our new king, which will involve our elders, especially the OkpakoOrere, and not a situation where the process is done by Ototawith some few chiefs who are mostly of female descendants. I think this is the time for us to sit down and do things properly”
Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, President General of the kingdom said that the government position is something that can take the kingdom to a better tomorrow advising all combatants to think about the future of the kingdom “We must stop thinking of ourselves and struggle for power and control of the small finances of the kingdom that makes people run riot”
Chief Victor Okumagba, Executive Assistant to Governor Okowa on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, said that the committee has been working since October last year. He expressed satisfaction on the report of the committee which he described as “Rigorous and painstaking job”
The report has addressed the core issue of one man unilaterally installing the king. It has made it clear that it is the duty of the three ruling houses to install a king. We can now go home and sit together to do the needful”
Chief Wilson Eboh also expressed his satisfaction on the report, saying when the final copy is out we are going to study it and see how we can work with it”
The Chief Uzor led committee have finally put to rest the crisis rocking the kingship (Oroseun‘) of Okere Urhobo Kingdom where there have been series of petitions and counter petitions.