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The royal family of Ogwashi- Ukwu monarchy has faulted claims making the rounds that the newly crowned Obi of Ogwashi- Ukwu, His Royal Majesty , Obi Ifechukwude Chukwuka Okonjo , was crowned in error .
In a statement jointly signed by the Acting Diokpa; Umu Obi Obahai Royal family, Prince Emmanuel Nwokolie Ohei; Ozoma of Ogwashi –Ukwu, Prince Okolobi Nkemjika Lawrence and Palace Secretary ; Prince Ifeakanachukwu Emordi (PJ), they urged the general public and the people of Ogwashi- Ukwu to disregard any misinformation currently been peddled by some disgruntled individuals who have a determined effort to bring the community’s royal institution to ridicule .
The seven paragraph statement reads in parts: “It has come to our attention that one Patrick Okonjo , a renegade and serial petition writer has issued a statement in which he claims to be speaking for the Umu Obi Obahai Royal family .
“We want to make this known: Patrick Okonjo does not speak for the family; he speaks only for himself as he has always done.
“We urge our people, the public, media and all stakeholders to ignore the reckless comments of Patrick. He has been issuing such frivolous statement and filling frivolous court cases in pursuit of his selfish interest for over a decade.
“The Umu Obi Obahai Royal family is united in its decision which produced Obi Ifechukwude Chukwuka Okonjo. And this decision has been endorsed by Agidiehe and Ikelike , the Kingmakers. The successful installation, enthronement and the joy of the people last Friday (13th September 2019) knows no bounds and goes to show that the people of Ogwashi- Ukwu are happy with this decision.
According to the statement, the new Obi is rounding up the rest traditional processes and set to begin his reign, adding that, “we thank him he God for making the process smooth and we also ask the Ogwashians to pray for the progress and development of our great kingdom”