December 10, 2017

Udoyo faults Emiforniye’s appointment as deputy Unuovwodo of Edjeba

The immediate past Oghwuvwie (Chairman) of Edjeba  in Agbarha Kingdom, Warri South, Hon. Marcus Udoyo, has faulted the appointment  of  Chief Isaac Emiforniye as deputy Unuovwodo (deputy representative of the Ovie of Agbarha Kingdom Warri) in the community.

Udoyo, who is the immediate past councillor representing Edjeba Ward in Warri South Local Government, in a statement  titled: ‘Why Emiforniye cannot be deputy Unuovwodo of Edjeba Community”,  alleged that Emiforniye’s  election as deputy Unuovwodo of Edjeba in the residence of a high chief was wrong, saying the position could only be attained by selection and not by election.

The consideration, according to him, is that the candidate must be  from any of the  three  quarters making up the community just as he pointed out that it is unjust for a quarter to produce both the Unuovwodo and the deputy .

Udoyo, who alleged that Emiforniye’s choice as deputy Unuovwodo had earlier been rejected by HRM Ememoh II, the Ovie of Agbarha Kingdom, Warri, frowned at the use of the private residence of a high chief for meetings of chiefs and  Elders Council of the community.

Efforts to reach the high chief to react to the allegations as of the time of going to press proved abortive. However, a  source explained that due process was followed in the selection of the deputy Unuovwodo, as he alleged that  Udoyo even voted and hinted that the names of  Emiforniye and Hon. Richard Okoro, who was the first runner up in the said election, were submitted to the high chief and the Elders Council of the community for further presentation to the monarch of Agbarha Kingdom, who he said is the only one that has the authority to announce a new deputy Unuovwodo.

The source explained that the choice of the residence   of  a  high chief as venue for the council’s meeting was as a result of the uncompleted town hall project of the community.

In his reaction,  Emiforniye alleged that  Udoyo had been antagonizing him for his (Emiforniye) refusal to support his (Udoyo) second councillorship bid.