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Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Controversy seems to be trailing Saturday’s announcement of new Olu of Warri-designate by the Itsekiri Council of Chiefs with a Prince of the Emiko ruling house said to have been denied the throne 28 years ago chosen to succeed the late Ogiame Atuwatse II.

Prince Godfrey Ikenwoli Emiko, younger brother of Ogiame Atuwatse II, was named as the choice of the ancestor against the earlier expectations that the son of the late Olu, Prince Tsola Emiko, who was reportedly disqualified on the ground of his maternal lineage, would be the new monarch.

The new Olu of Warri designate, Prince Ikenwoli Emiko, who was born March 19, 1965 was the original choice of his father, the late Erejuwa II , to succeed him when the late Ogiame Atuwatse II was controversially crowned 28 years ago.

Impeccable sources said that the Itsekiri Traditional Ancestry had insisted on Prince Ikenwoli Emiko to ascend the throne of the Olu of Warri in order for the Kingdom to experience the much needed peace, unity and development.

Although, a source said that the son of the late Olu, Prince Tsola Emiko, has been under intense pressure to challenge the decision of the Itsekiri kingmakers, the Itsekiri source said that the naming of the late Olu’s younger sibling was the right thing to do 28 years ago.

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