Community kingmakers clarify position on title


Our Reporter


THE kingmakers of Ewu kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government of Delta State have warned those trying to cause disaffection among the ruling houses in the kingdom by their misguided utterances and publication.

A recent statement by Ahavwa kingmakers asked trouble makers to steer clear of attempts to reduce the age-long constituency of Osuivie to three streets in Ewu kingdom.

Olorogun Okagbare, the Unuevworo (Otota) of Ahavwa was reacting to an October 1 publication in a national newspaper where the claimants made futile attempts to tinker with the history of Ewu kingdom.

The statement said : “… the people of Ewu kingdom know the Ahavwa family is the kingmakers of Ewu kingdom with the responsibility to elect the king and Osuivie of Ewu kingdom” .

The publication got it wrong when it said “the title of Osuivie is for only male descendants in the three streets of Uhereviodo quarters and that the title has never gone to female descendants…”

It added that “Chief Michael College Ohwofaria, a female descendant, presently holds the title contrary to the norms of the Ahavwa family group that appointed him.”

But the statement noted “this is an insult to a well constituted authority and power of the people given to the Ahavwa kingmakers… There is nowhere in the customs and traditions of Ahavwa kingmakers family that the title of Osuivie is for only male descendants resident in the three streets of Uhereviodo quarters.”

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Evang. Solomon Omititiri, secretary general of Ahavwa kingmakers and Okagbare averred that “… Olorogun Abirhire Evinievughe, a female descendant, among others, was Osuivie of Ewu kingdom from 1973-1985. Chief Michael Okpone, Chief Benjamin Odjoma and Chief Andrew Ikrechero are unfamiliar with the customs and traditions of the Ahavwa kingmakers family and should not be taken serious.”

The claimants, according to them, erroneously referred to the “edict of Bendel State Legal Notice No. 90 of 1979 made pursuant to the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict 1979, Paragraph 4” , which stated that “… Only the male adult who, by birth, belongs to this (Ahavwa) family group resident in the family quarter shall be kingmaker and qualified to participate in the election to fill the stool of the Ovie of Ewu”. Explaining the section, they said this referred to those qualified to elect the Ovie.

“Okpone and cohorts have no biological relationship with the Ahavwa family and have no locus standi to challenge or counter and determine how Ohwofaria is related to the family.”

“He and others are busy bodies, meddlers and interlopers, who want to foment trouble through litigation at the State High Court in Otu-Jeremi.”