By Esther Eugene, Warri
The Otota of Okere Urhobo Kingdom Warri, Delta State (Traditional Prime Minister) Chief Dr. Brig-General Gold Eburu rtd has debunked the claims and outburst of Apostle Isaac Mayomi Abilemiren Eraivor (Okpako Orere) over the newly crowned monarch of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, HRM Ogheneochuko Moris Eyekpemi – Egbobonyen, Owhotemu II, the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom.
Addressing newsmen at the Orosuen Palace Warri, Chief Eburu said they were surprised that Apostle Abuemiren Eraivor who had earlier congratulated the new Okere Urhobo Monarch later decided to condemn the selection process and the crowning of HRM Ogheneochuko Eyikpemi – Egbobonyen as the Orosuen (King) of Okere Urhobo.
The Otota of Okere further said that Apostle Eraivor with his cohorts have been antagonizing the kingdom for the past five (5) years, stressing that his outbursts remains an afterthought to please his co-travelers.
Chief Brig-General Eburu who was supported by Prince Churchill Oki, representing Oki family, Chief Austin Utienyi Ighorue, Head of Makro Family, Chief John Ovuokeke, Head of Tifo, Chief John Eravior. the Uloho of Okere Urhobo, Chief Cyril Ejakpovi Ezomo, the Ugo of Okere, Okere Urhobo Youth President, Comrade Brume Eyekpemi among others said that Okere Urhobo was agog on 7th April,2023 when the selection and appointment of a new king, HRM Ogheneochuko Moris Eyekpemi – Egbobonyen, Owhotemu II, the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom was announced, stressing that the ceremony took place about 9:00aM on that day at the Orosuen Palace.
According to him “The Declaration of Okere Urhobo provides that ,at the death of an Orosuen, the Traditional Council (OSUN) including the Okpako-Orere, the eldest male of the clan shall run the affairs of the kingdom for the Otota of Okere who is clearly described as the spokesman, traditional prime minister and 2nd in rank to the Oroseun”
He clearly stated that Apostle Eraivor lied when he said he was writing on behalf of himself and heads of the other ruling houses, adding that the current Oroseun hails from the family that Apostle Eraivor has abandoned his duty as family head in his plan to usurp the functions of the Oroseun since the demise of HRM Benjamin Okumagba.
Dr. Eburu stated that Apostle Eraivor made similar court summons against the immediate past Otota of blessed memory and lost, noting that the case was thrown out for abuse of court process, stressing that kingmakers from the five (5) constituent families participated in the whole selection process of the new Oroseun.
“The whole idea of going to court is to buy time to enable them to continue their illegal occupation of the Board of Trustees of Okere Urhobo”.
He urged Urhobo people and indeed Deltans to disregard the statements made by Apostle Eraivor and consider him as one of the traducers of the kingdom.