Members of Okpe Union Worldwide from the four ruling houses inOkpeKingdomSunday ousted their President General, Mr. Ralph Karieren for abusing his office. The union also disqualifies him from future office.
The members unanimously voted for the removal of Karieren following his inability to account for several millions belonging to the union and for using the union’s name to extort money from some individuals and organizations.
Speaking to newsmen after the union’s monthly general meeting inLagos, Secretary General of the union, Mr. Henry Ebireri said the ordeal is over.
“In this moment, our hearts are hurt. And it is very important to know that we have a duty, a mission to restore the faith of Okpe people in the integrity of the union.
He appealed to Okpe leaders at home and abroad to rally round the Acting President General, Mr. John Ekpoke.
“The union will continue to uplift the welfare of the people, develop and improve the economy of the kingdom, promote Okpe customs and traditions as well as position Okpe at the state, federal and international levels” Ebireri emphasized.
He also urged Okpe people to dishonor those who acquired their wealth illegitimately and accord respect to those who made the kingdom richer through their wealth of experience, financial resources and other contributions.
“Okpe kingdom is what it is today because many have failed to provide honest leadership.
Ebireri thanked top Okpe leaders for their understanding and support, particularly in removing bad elements from the union’s leadership.
“A great responsibility lies on us all, and that we can only succeed in shouldering the responsibility by closing our ranks and uniting our efforts in the service of Okpe Union.”