By Perez Brisibe
BURUTU—THE people of Tuomo Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have elected retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Tabia as their Pere (king) 72 years after the last Pere passed on.
The Pere-elect polled a total of 16 votes out of 21 votes by the kingmakers spread across the 10 communities of the kingdom to beat his only rival, Joseph Boson, who was said to have withdrawn from the race.
The election, held at Esuku Primary School, Tuomo, was witnessed and observed by the Burutu council chairman, Godknows Angele, and other senior officials from the council.
Publicity Secretary of the kingmakers, Chief Mike Loyibo, noted that owing to Tabia’s experience, leaders of the kingdom came together and pressured him to lead them.
In his acceptance speech, the Pere-elect said: “I have been elected Pere not because of my size but because my people see me as a credible person and so I promise to deliver and leave up to expectations.”