..As Ugochindo proffers solution
By Gladys Nweke
As battle for who occupies the coveted traditional stool of Eleme rages on, one of the contenders, King Appolus Chu, Egbere Emere Okori 1 of Eleme Kingdom has faulted the process of selection of the newly installed king, Philip Obele.
Chu said the selection did not follow due process, and as such should be discountenanced with.
Speaking to journalists on the sideline of a meeting convened by committee to peacefully resolve the matter at Eleme, King Chu frowned at the failure of the Philip Obele party to attend the meeting.
He said; “Today was disappointing for Philip not to have attended the peace meeting. I expected Philip to encourage peace and this he would have shown by attending the meeting. The Committee or Panel has the capacity to resolve the matter, but regrettably Philip was absent. What Eleme people need is peace, so the peace move is apt, Chu said.
He was emphatic that if the Panel fails to settle the matter, he will be left with no option than to seek justice in court. He emphasized the fact that the selection of the current occupier of the Eleme Traditional Stool did not follow due process.
King Chu also took a swipe on the governor of Rivers State, who he said hastily installed or imposed the said Obele as king of Eleme on the people without ascertaining the veracity of the process of his selection.
“Governor Wike should not rewrite the history of Eleme people.It is an insult for Governor Wike to install or impose King on Eleme people. It is time for Eleme people to do the right thing.
“If Wike claims to love Eleme people, he should go and settle Ogu and Ekporo people that have been at loggerheads for a long time, instead of meddling into the traditional stool of Eleme people,” Chu said.
Egbere Emere Okori 1 equally advised the Peace Committee to do more consultations with all relevant stakeholders in Eleme to ensure sustainable peace in the kingdom.
Adding his voice to the issue, another contender to the throne, Egbere Emere David Ugochindo said for peace to reign in Eleme, the Land Priest of Eleme, Prince Abbey, must be allowed to do his work. He described the Eleme Traditional Stool as more divinity than honorability.
“My advice is that for peace to reign in Eleme, the Land Priest should be allowed to do his job,so that when he is through the throne would have been won. Otherwise,the throne may be five, thereby creating room for a major crisis in the near future,” Ugochindo said.
Appolus Chu and the Land Priest, Prince Abbey were said to have gone to court to challenge the emergence of Philip Obele as King of Eleme, thereby triggering off the crisis.
The peace move was initiated by Archbishop Ignatius Kattey(Rtd) of the Anglican Communion to settle the protracted chieftaincy tussle in Eleme LGA of Rivers State.