BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – The Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family says it is united and supports the coronation of Ifechukwude Okonjo as the new Obi of Ogwashi Uku as announced by the former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
THEWILL recalls that Patrick Okonjo, a member of the royal family, weekend released a statement on behalf of the family accusing the former Minister of desecrating the throne by installing her younger sibling as new Obi following the death of their father, Obi Chukuka Okonjo, describing the deceased monarch as “a mere regent.”
But the family in a counter statement signed by Prince Okolobi Nkemjika Lawrence, Ozoma Ogwashi Uku and Prince Emmanuel Nwokolie Ohei, Acting Diokpa, Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family, said the new Obi’s emergence was endorsed by the kingmakers.
The statement reads:
“It has come to our attention that one Patrick Okonjo, a renegade and serial petition writer has issued a statement in which he claims to be speaking for the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family.
We want to make this known: Patrick Okonjo does not speak for the Family; he speaks only for himself as he has always done.
We urge our people, the public, media and all stakeholders to ignore the reckless comments of Patrick.
He has been issuing such frivolous statements and filing frivolous court cases in pursuit of his selfish interest for over a decade.
The family is united in its decision which produced Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo. And this decision has been endorsed by the Kingmakers and Ikelike. The successful installation and the joy of the people last Friday confirm that our people are happy with the decision.
The new Obi is rounding up the rest of the traditional processes and is set to begin his reign.
We thank God for making the process smooth and we also ask Ogwashians to pray for the progress and development of our great people.”