HEAD of the kingmakers (Onishe) of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom, Delta State, Chief Emma Ejiofor, has disowned the town’s new monarch,Agbogidi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I.
The monarch, 15, succeeded his father, the late Edward Akaeze Ofulue III, who was murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen two months ago.
Ejiofor described him as a “government-appointed self-styled king” and his late father a “usurper”.
Chief Ejiofor, who spoke with reporters in Asaba yesterday, said: “I am the alter-ego of Ubulu-Uku traditional council. It is the Onishe that has the powers to crown or dethrone the king. The late Akaeze is a usurper. I did not crown him. If you go through the edict which makes my office, you will see that I did not also crown the boy that was politically-manipulated into office.”
According to Chief Ejiofor, the nine-man Council of Chiefs (Umuezim), which customarily select a new king, were sidelined.
“I won’t dance to my grave on the altar of mediocrity. What is a 15-year-old boy doing in Government House? That is to tell you it was a political manipulation. By all standards, the boy is still a minor. If I dance to their side, the gods will strike me.
“The young man came from London and his father was interred that day. He was crowned same day. He was taken to the council chairman the following day. The third day, they took him to the governor and he returned to the United Kingdom the next day. These things were done to tell you that some persons schemed to cover up for their traditional rascality,” Chief Ejiofor said.
He denounced claims that he was suspended by the late monarch, maintaining: “Who was not crowned a king cannot suspend a traditional title holder. The late Akaeze has no powers to suspend me for not accepting his self-styled installation.”