Idumuje-Ugboko Royal Tussle: Prince Solomon Eziokwu Nwabuokei Emerges, Stake Claims

‎A fresh twist has emerged in the royalty crisis rocking the Umu-Omohunsi Nwoko family in idumuje-Ugboko where the entire Nwoko family have risen to support the claims of Prince Solomon Nwabuokei as the rightful heir to the throne. 
The oldest member of the Umu Nwoko Royal family, Diokpa Onwuamaonyeukwu Esuzor Nwoko, (90), chaired the meeting in Idumuje Ugboko last week, with representatives of the eight Royal Houses in attendance.
The Umu-Nwoko family is made up of Nwabuokei, Amoje, Biose, Bidokwu,Elumelu, Ujomor, Paul, Esuzor and Nwaobe.
Diokpa Onwuamaonyeukwu who was born on 23rd day of January, 1927, drew the attention of the members present to the crisis rocking the community especially the desecration of the royal family name of Nwoko as the reason to tell the history of the royal family. 
He informed the House that Obi Nwoko I, first Obi and founder of Idumuje-Ugboko had Eight (8) sons as earlier listed and that  Solomon Eziokwubundun Nwabuokei is the only surviving son of Nkanya, the only son of Nwabuokei,  the first son of Obi Nwoko I, who should  be presented by Umu-Nwoko Royal family as Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko designate and to the larger Umu-Ologbo family and the people of Idumuje-Ugboko for recognition and coronation as the next obi.
Diokpa Onwuamaonyeukwu in a sworn affidavit last month traced their history to the ancient Bini kingdom and that Nwoko was the first son of Ologbo and the grandson of Ogbeide from Uzebu Quarters in old Bini kingdom.
According to the Octogenerian, the other siblings includes: Chima, Meke,  Okoh, Odor, Aligbe, Anyaonicha and Dunkwu. 
He went on to inform the House that Nwoko brought OMORHUSI to Idumuje-Ugboko and introduce him as his brother even though he was not as one of the sons of Ologbo. 
The Diokpa of the family said the ascension of the throne by Omorhusi Nkeze-Nwoko as the second monarch was an aberration that continued during the reign of the last monarch Obi Albert Nwoko III. 
The process of succession was aborted when the crown prince who was involved in organising the local warriors to fight in the Ekumeku war was arrested by the white colonial army.
He was taken away to Calabar and detained and in his absense, Omorhusi Nwoko, the second son worked as an interpreter to the colonial administration and was empowered and supported by the colonialists, to take up the Obi title as the most powerful man then. 
By the time Nwabuokei was released from Calabar, he could not take over the throne. On the death of Obi Omorhusi Nwoko, the aberration continued with the crowning of Obi Albert III since nobody could trace Nwabuokei who had go into exile in frustration 
He said Omorhusi who became the king after the death of Obi Nwoko 1, usurped the throne and neither him nor his children or descendants “has claims to the throne of Idumuje-Ugboko as propagated in some quarters by certain uninformed persons and groups who though believed that Idumuje-Ugboko monarch is primogeniture yet misinform the people that Nkeze and his children has legitimate claims to the Obiship of Idumuje-Ugboko.”
Members present were so happy and extremely impressed knowing their true Royal history.
The Crown Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei who was in attendance collaborated the Historical facts as published in the Vanguard Newspaper of 28th August, 2017 as written by Prince Walters Eziashi.
The Royal family condemn in its entirety the desecration of the Royal palace by some vested interests within the community. “They described those fuelling crisis in the community as enemies of the people.”
After all deliberation the Royal family issued a communiqué where they stated as follows:
That the Umu-Nwoko family meeting will henceforth be constituted in every town wherein Umu-Nwoko resides and hold their meetings every fortnight (two weeks) effective from today the 19th day of October, 2017 and there will be an annual homecoming of all family members by December, 2017. A date to be fixed later by Diokpa.
Idumuje-Ugboko Monarch like Idumuje-Unor her sister community as members of Idumuje clan in particular and most Anioma monarchs in general is primogeniture where the surviving first son of the Obi succeeds his father when the father joins his ancestors.
That Nwabuokei being the first son of Nwoko and survived his father Nwoko, is the king and his children kings after him.
That though Justin Nkeze and his son Albert Okwuwadiegwu had ruled as Obi Nwoko II and Obi Nwoko III of Idumuje-Ugboko, they were not qualified to be kings in the first place since Nkeze was not the first son of Nwoko and not even a direct son of Nwoko considering the fact that Idumuje-Ugboko monarch is primogeniture by our customs and tradition. Their kingship was an error and against the Native laws, tradition and culture of the people of Idumuje-Ugboko.
That it is only members of Umu-Nwoko Royal family who are; NWABUOKEI, AMOJE, BIOSE, BIDOKWU, ELUMELU, UJOMOR, PAUL, ESUZOR and NWAOBE that can present a King designate to Umu-Ologbo and in turn to the entire Idumuje-Ugboko people for further presentation to the government for recognition and coronation.
That all machineries be put in place including if need be going to seek legal redress from a court of competent jurisdiction to restore the crown back to the legitimate owners i.e. family of Nwabuokei the first son of Obi Nwabuokei in line with the Native laws, customs and tradition of Idumuje clan.
That Nwabuokei being the first son of Nwoko and survived his father Nwoko, is the king and his children kings after him.
That though Justin Nkeze and his son Albert Okwuwadiegwu had ruled as Obi Nwoko II and Obi Nwoko III of Idumuje-Ugboko, “were not qualified to be kings in the first place since Nkeze was not the first son of Nwoko and not even a direct son of Nwoko considering the fact that Idumuje-Ugboko monarch is primogeniture by our customs and tradition.”
That their kingship was an error and against the Native laws, tradition and culture of the people of Idumuje-Ugboko.
That it is only members of Umu-Nwoko Royal family who are; NWABUOKEI, AMOJE, BIOSE, BIDOKWU, ELUMELU, UJOMOR, PAUL, ESUZOR and NWAOBE that can present a King designate to Umu-Ologbo and in turn to the entire Idumuje-Ugboko people for further presentation to the government for recognition and coronation.
That all machineries be put in place including if need be going to seek legal redress from a court of competent jurisdiction to restore the crown back to the legitimate owners i.e. family of Nwabuokei the first son of Obi Nwabuokei in line with the Native laws, customs and tradition of Idumuje clan.
That Umu-Nwoko Royal family passionately appeals to all Idumuje-Ugboko Sons and Daughters to come together as one united people and live in peace with one another for a positive and rapid development of Idumuje-Ugboko in actualization of our founding fathers dream of a peaceful, indivisible, indissoluble, united and developed community conducive and attractive to all.
That any other family other than Umu-Nwoko as listed above who dabbles into the Obiship matter in Idumuje-Ugboko will be treated by the family as a trouble maker and a meddlesome interloper, an enemy of the people and the Royal family will take necessary and legitimate measures against such individual and or individuals.
That the Law Enforcement Agencies should ensure that law and order are fully installed in Idumuje-Ugboko and henceforth all troublemakers should be made to face the laws of the land accordingly
That we support the government at all levels in all her human and capital development and call on them to come to the aid  of the road users and travellers on Onicha-Ugbo/Idumjuje-Ugboko/Ewohimi road by repairing the bad portions of the road to make in motorable all year round.
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