Obong of Calabar, Ekiti Monarch Dethroned

The protracted succession tussle to the stool of Obong of Calabar took a dramatic turn Monday when a High Court sitting in Calabar dethroned Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V as the Obong of Calabar. The Supreme Court has also deposed the traditional ruler of Ipoti-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Oba Isaiah Oladele Ayeni, after 24 years on the throne.

Otu ascended the throne of Obong of Calabar four years ago under controversial circumstances as one of the contestants to the stool, Etubom Anthony Ani, took the king makers and the man so selected to court pleading that the right thing be done.

The presiding judge, Justice Obojor Ogar, in a judgment that lasted for about two hours, said the selection process did not follow laid down procedures and barred Otu from parading himself as the Obong of Calabar until proper election is conducted and Ani, as well as other contestants, were allowed by the Etubom Traditional Council to contest for the stool.



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