By John Edeki




Late Benjamin Okumagba, Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo

The approval of Professor Paul Okumagba by the Delta State Executive Council as the Orosuen (King ) of Okere Urhobo Kingdom has been rejected  by the people and leaders of the Kingdom.

The Leaders who on behalf of the people in an open letter addressed to His Excellency, Senator Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa,  Governor of Delta State signed by Apostle I.A.M. Eraivon the Okpako Orhere (oldest man)  and Head of the Ruling Houses and Chief D.B .O.Opoggen, Secretary, Okere Urhobo Traditional Council of Chiefs made available to newsmen in Warri expressed shock over the development and described it as “Subjudice”. As a result of the cases in High Court Warri and Court of Appeal  Benin arising from the kingship dispute between Prof.Paul Okumagba and Chief Barrister Christopher Okumagba in which the Delta State Government was sued as well.

The leaders of Okere Urhobo Kingdom also explained that granting the approval of Prof Paul Okumagba as the Orosuen will tantamount to usurping “The rights and interest of the two other Ruling Houses since five of the nine Kingmakers participated in the selection process that brought Chief Christopher Okumagba as against three from one Ruling House (Idama) that brought Prof Paul Okumagba.”

They accused the Attorney General, Chief Peter A .Mrakpor and Chief Peter Emaiye Senior Special Assistant SSA, to the Deputy Governor of being biased and misled the government into taking the wrong decision despite the availability of documents submitted to them through the Office of the Deputy Governor .

The leaders of Okere Urhobo said that the process that brought Prof Paul Okumagba ” Is illegal and corrupt” adding that another reason why  his approval should be set aside is because the Declaration from the Directorate of Chieftaincy Affair,  Asaba  upon which Prof Paul is relying on is “Questionable” and it is being investigated by the office of the Inspector General of Police while some officers of the Directorate have made statements to police in Abuja on the issue as well.

While urging the State government to stick to its own law  of Delta State Traditional Council and Chieftaincy Law as it affects succession processes since the Okowa led administration believes in the tenet of the Rule of Law, they concluded that the Delta State Government should look at all documents at its disposal with a view of respecting the various cases in courts to avoid been accused of “Subjudice” and to allow justice to take it’s due course.