Who Will Succeed Eze Robinson?
…As Monarchs Split Over Eze Ekpeye Logbo Stool
First class traditional rulers in Ekpeye clan in Ahoada West and East Local Government Area are divided over who should occupy the Eze of Ekpeye Logbo stool.
The division among the first class traditional rulers from the area became public during the 2021 General Congress of the Uzugbani Ekpeye held at the Information Centre in Ahoada town on Easter Monday .
Speaking at the event, HRM Eze Felix Otuwarikpo (JP) frowned at the attitude of some traditional rulers seeking to occupy the stool of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo.
Eze Otuwarikpo described the actions of the monarchs as sacrilegious, stressing that the late occupant of the stool, HRM Robinson O. Robinson was yet to be accorded his rightful royal burial by the entire Ekpeye clan.
The traditional ruler maintained that until the burial rites are dully carried out, anybody aspiring to occupy the stool is only evoking crises.
Eze Otuwarikpo who is the regent of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool called for the enactment of a constitution that will guide elections of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo Stool, adding that such rules should also define the responsibilities and duties of the occupant.
His Royal Majesty, Eze A. Okpokiri the Eze Igbu-Ubia who also spoke at the event however canvassed to occupy the stool, noting that an election is not required to select the replacement for the stool.
He expressed doubt on the ability of the conveners of the forum to provide solution to the crises.
HRM Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi, the Eze Igbu-Akoh II condemned what he termed the unnecessary struggle for the position of Eze Ekpeye Logbo.
Eze Ikegbidi urged the monarchs to remain contented with their traditions as traditional rulers of their communities.
Some indigenes of the area, who spoke to The Vortex on the lingering crises over the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool, condemned the bickering among the monarchs.
High Chief Coraham Okposiminim from Edeoha told The Vortex that the purpose of the meeting was to find solution to the problem of the Ekpeye clan.
He called for peace and advised that any traditional ruler desiring to contest for the position should first resign from his position.
Chief Thompson Noman Otobo, the Paramount Ruler of Ogbede Community in Ahoada West told The Vortex that he believes the Uzugbani Ekpeye would define the appropriate road map to solve the problems in the area.
Also speaking to the media, the state Director of NECO in the Rivers State Dr. Nwabuwa Ekele Princewill, expressed the hope that the initiatives by the Uzugbani Ekpeye will define the standard on who occupies the stool.
He disagreed with the opinion to leave the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool vacant, insisting that it will deprive the Ekpeye people of benefits from the government.
He advocated for the conduct of elections to elect occupier of the stool.
Former caretaker chairman of Ahaoda East and Director Women affairs Uzugbani Ekpeye, Beatrice Awala in a chat with the media, stated that a lot of effort was being made by the group to resolve the tussle among the Ezes in Ekpeye clan.