How we picked Ayiri —Ologbotsere family secribe
By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI— THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has said he has not disqualified any nominee for conferment of Ologbotsere, Iyatsere and Uwangue traditional chieftaincy titles, though he suspended the exercise following revolt by his subjects.
The Warri monarch stated this, yesterday, at the Aghofen Palace, Warri, Delta State, where he spoke on the raging chieftaincy saga before leaders of Itsekiri communities, opinion leaders and those from the descendants of families, which hold title to the traditional chieftaincies including, Iyasere and Ologbotsere.
The Olu who addressed the gathering in Itsekiri, said recent tension being generated by his subjects’ perception of his actions were based on deliberate lies to malign his person, paint him in bad light, tasking anyone confronted with stories and allegations to speak to the palace to ascertain the truth of such matters.
The monarch, who said it was not in his place to nominate candidates for the sensitive titles, noted that grievances from any quarter should be targeted at the title families, which he gave up till October to reopen broader interactions and carry relevant persons along to resolve all differences and present consensus candidates amicably.
The Olu made it clear that the right man must be truly loyal, bold, vibrant and has the pains of the Itsekiri nation at heart, adding that he will not install a chicken-hearted person, who cannot hold his own and would bolt at the slightest sign of trouble.
He charged the concerned families to be guided by these criteria in nominating the desired Ologbotsere to assist him and the entire kingdom in functioning effectively.
How we picked Ayiri — Ologbotsere family secibe
Meanwhile, Secretary General to the Ologbotsere family, Mr. William Anukun, taking a queue from the Olu’s charge, reaffirmed that the process which produced Chief Ayiri had the participatory approval of all 12 families representing the children of Ologbotsere.
“With due respect to His Majesty, he gave the charge that all aggrieved persons should direct concerns to us since July 25, following the protest. As I speak with you, no one has come forth to raise any issue. I believe it speaks to the fact that those raising issues are aware that we followed due process.
“All Itsekiris know that picking Ologbotsere is not every Itsekiri’s responsibility. The rigours that went into the selection of Ayiri is probably the most painstaking in the history of selecting an Ologbotsere.
“After arriving at the final candidate, Pa Hugson Oporokun, current head of Ologbotsere family, going extra mile, insisted that all heads of the 12 families sign the final nomination document.
“However, we have heard the Olu. We are waiting for the dissenting voices to come up, but I doubt if we will arrive at a different conclusion, that is if anybody comes up at all.”