The family of Obi Chukwuka Okonjo, the late father of former coordinative Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is reportedly tangled in a fight over the unauthorised announcement of the death of the 91-year-old King of Ogwashi-Uku community in Aniocha South government area of Delta State and therefore the successor of the late monarch.
The former Minister was suspect by her uncle, Patrick Okonjo of hijacking the functions of the royal line and men who ought to historically announce the death of the traditional ruler and conjointly anoints her younger brother as a successor to the throne without the approval of the ruling council.
The statement read partly, “It is profane of Ogwashi-Uku custom and tradition for a princess to announce the transition of a monarch or proclaim another. it’s a strictly ancient perform.
“Late Okonjo was never Obi of Ogwashi-Uku underneath our tradition however a mere regent. consequently, his 1st kid can’t be Obi as dishonestly inferred by Ngozi.”
The royal line but debunked claims of Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo ordained wrongly as the King of Ogwashi-Uku community.
“We wish to make this known: Patrick Okonjo doesn’t represent the family; he speaks just for himself as he has invariably done” a press release released by the acting Diokpa; Umu Obi Obahai royal line, patrician Emmanuel Ohei and others read partly.
The statement conjointly disclosed that the new Obi was rounding off some ancient rites and would soon begin his reign.