Olu of Warri coronation, ENigeria Newspaper x-ray key factors that almost stopped it today in Warri.
The Olu of Coronation ceremony is ongoing however traditional activity heralding the historical event began several weeks back ENigeria Newspaper gathered.
The Coronation is in its last stage as today, Saturday, August 21 brings to a conclusion the final traditional rights signifying the emergence of a new king, Omoba Tsola Emiko.
Significant events that almost marred Prince Tsola Emiko’s coronation as Olu of Warri:
As the ceremony’s excitement continues to dominate social discourse in Nigeria, particularly among Deltans, ENigeria Newspaper examines a number of crucial events that occurred before Omoba Tsola Emiko’s coronation.
Date: Omoba Tsola Emiko is the 21st Olu of Warri and whether by design or share providence but his coronation is holding today Saturday being the 21st day in August.
Itsekiri Edict (constitution): Although late Olu Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko’s coronation was also wrapped in controversy, Omoba Tsola Emiko’s has been dubbed “The Hand of God” by many since he was pitted against influential and powerful human forces but ultimately triumphed.
A major crunch that almost marred his emergence as the new Olu of Warri was the imposition of an adopted constitution (Edict) of the Itsekiri people which states that the ancestral linage of an Olu’s mother must be from Itsekiri land or from Edo State however in his case Omoba Tsola Emiko’s mother is from Ogun State and the palace advisory council capitalized on that to disqualify him in 2015; It was on that note Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko emerged Olu and died six years after.
When his name reappeared on the gods’ list of favoured candidates for the throne, a similar scenario played out, but this time important stakeholders stood firm, stating that the gods chose Tsola and that no amount of trickery could change that.
The battle escalated into a significant crisis at the Palace, prompting Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, a member of the royal household, to proclaim the suspension of the Olu’s advisory council, which is led by the Ologbotsere, Ayiri Emami.
Although the edging out of Ayiri Emami as Ologbotsere saw a few dissenting voices speaking up in resistance that held no water and thus pave the way for Prince Tsola Emiko to coast to victory.
Ayiri Emami’s Humiliation: Chief Ayiri Emami is not one to readily collapse, nor is he one to easily shelve aside in a conflict but in all Prince Tsola Emiko appears to be that “little boy with a bigi god” that flawed him in the battle field
There had been substantial allegations that Ayiri orchestrated the conflict that resulted in Prince Tsola’s disqualification as Olu designate in 2015.
Some major stakeholders who spoke to this newspaper accused the ousted Ologbotsere of allegedly financing the emergence of late Olu Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko, adding that Ayiri gave out cash gifts in the millions as well as brand new Prado jeeps to some ruling house chiefs, leading to his being pronounced Ologbotsere (second powerful man in Warri after the Olu).
Everything seemed to be working against the now-deflated Ayiri, whose efforts to overturn Prince Tsola Emiko’s coronation ‘fell flat.’
From court injunctions to various court cases, as well as pressuring key officials in the Presidency to support his agenda, all of his efforts have been thwarted.
Captain Hosa Okunbo’s demise: Captain Hosa Okunbo Wells, a former commercial pilot, died in London, according to ENigerian Newspaper report, although many people are unaware that he is the father-in-law of Omoba Prince Tsola Emiko, the Olu designate.
Prior to his death in London, Captain Hosa, as he is popularly known, had planned an elegant and colorful event for his son-in-law, which included purchasing a luxury mansion on Banana Island in Lagos, a posh neighborhood for Nigeria’s super-rich and powerful and gifting the incoming monarch a recent edition of Rollse-Royce as his official ride.
Captain Wells’ death was one too many for Prince Tsola, whose wife Ivie is rumoured to be the rich industrialist’s favorite daughter.
Stolen Crown: The nearly 400-year-old palace crown went missing few days into the Olu of Warri Coronation ceremony.
Despite the fact that the police have launched a manhunt for two suspected princes accused of stealing the throne, the coronation will proceed as planned, according to ENigeria Newspaper sources.
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