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Royal crisis: Ogiame Atuwatse lll not the Olu of Warri -embattled Ayiri reacts



Following the official disrobing of the ousted Ologbotsere by HRM Tsola Emiko, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Itsekiri-Warri kingdom in Delta State, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has dismissed his purported disrobing by Otuwatse lll.

According to Ayiri:” His purported disrobing by the Olu, Ogiame Atuwatse III as of “no consequence or effect”.

The former traditional prime minister, said he neither recognize the monarch as the Olu nor his Tuesday’s pronouncement made at the Aghofen (Palace) in Warri.

Emami: “As far as I am concerned we are in court and I do not recognize him as the Olu of Warri. He was neither properly selected nor crowned, so he cannot parade himself as the Olu of Warri.

“To me, he remains Prince Tsola Emiko and not the Olu of Warri. His action (stripping him of the title) shows that he was not properly crowned because if he was he would know the implication of what he is doing.

“The throne of the Olu of Warri cannot be for sale to the highest bidder and we will see to that.”

Ayiri, however vowed to stop the paramount ruler of the revered Itsekiri Kingdom from parading as the Olu of Itsekiri-Warri kingdom.

It would be recalled that Ogiame Atuwatse III on Tuesday invited descendants of the Ologbotsere family to the palace where he officially announced the disrobing of Ayiri Emami of his title as a traditional prime minister.