By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The youths of Omuobua ,Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, the home town of Governor Chibuike Amaechi have called on the Governor to respect the tradition by appointing only the sons of Obua/Abiri to occupy the community vacant royal stool or face crisis.
The youths stated this yesterday while protesting what they called “injustice against their birthright” along Rumuokuta Port Harcourt Road.
Speaking with our reporter, the youth leader, comrade Amadi Paul Onuoha said the protest to have one of their sons occupy the vacant royal stool became necessary when they discovered some strange moves to influence the governor to pick a candidate from another village in the community.
Comrade Amadi also noted that Omuobua/Omuabiri Youths Association is not sleeping over the desperate moves of some persons to deny them of their birthright and vowed that crisis would erupt if the right candidate is not chosen.
Comrade Amadi added: “I am happy that the governor as our kinsman is aware that the royal stool which everybody is contesting today is not a general stool but for the people of Obua/Abiri. But after due consultation with the elders and youths of Obua/Abiri which the governor advised as a process to present one of their sons for the vacant royal stool, it has come to our notice that the governor want to abandon us for other people in the selection process.
“We believe that the governor has a working knowledge of the lineage ladder and historical antecedent of the royalty and we are calling on him not to listen to desperate contestants for the royal stool that belong to us.”
It would be noted that Ubima royal tool has been in contention for more than five years after the death of his royal majesty Eze Wezuobu.