BY ANDREW OHWOBETEHE
AFTER a three-month search for a successor to the late Oreki II, kingmakers of Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State last weekend announced 53-year- old Chief Christopher Ejeyabu Erijitomah as the Ovie-elect.
This was contained in a statement circulated to newsmen after a three-day special session held by the kingmakers to complete the selection process.
The statement was jointly signed by the Unugbrogodo (Traditional Speaker) of Ogharefe, Chief Samuel Erubami; his counterpart from Oghareki, Chief Monday Magini; the Eruovie of Oghara Kingdom, Chief Victor Erunedo, and the Unuevwolo of Ogharefe, Chief Bini Ajoshoke.
Other signatories are the Unuevwolo of Ogharefe, Chief Bini Ajoshoke; the Secretary, Oghara Traditional Council, Chief Duncan Ewhere; the Arueleh of Oghara Kingdom, Chief Peter Oboh, and the Noowah, Chief James Odivwovene.
According to the statement, seven aspirants initially presented themselves for screening out of which Chiefs Christopher Erijitomah, Champion Omomedia, Stanley Sagboje and ASP Macauley Akpuri made it to the second round of the selection exercise.
“A special check was carried out on all four and the oracle confirmed Christopher Ejeyabu Erijitomah as the Ovie of Oghara. This of course guided the Kingmakers in arriving at the decision to pick him as Ovie-elect.
“The traditional preparations for the installation and coronation shall be made public through the kingmakers,” the statement added.