By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—Two prominent families in Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Warri, Delta State, have called on President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to intervene in the lingering dispute among descendants of the founding fathers of the place, to avert an impending crisis that is about to rock the kingdom.
The two families, Tifo and Makro, in a statement by Chief Ovie Jarikre, Pa. Francis Akporiaye, Evang. Benson Eburu, Elder Samson Eburu and Elder A. U. Ighorue, said the call was also to assist in resolving the internal wrangling, so every member of the kingdom would share from the kingdom’s commonwealth.
The families said the call was made to put an end to the discrimination suffered by the descendants of the founding families of Okere Urhobo Kingdom and sued for an organised administrative structure to distribute the commonwealth of the kingdom equitably.
They said: “Apart from Olodi, Oki and Ighogbadu, there are two other prominent families and co-founders of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, who were sidelined after the historical Supreme Court judgment of 1976, which fully restored the Okere Urhobo ancestral land to them.”