by crossriverwatch admin
The Conclave of Etubom Traditional Council on Monday re-selected Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu of Adiabo Ikot Mbo house who was deposed by the Appeal Court in Calabar on Thursday last week to the stool of Obong of Calabar.
The Etubom council said Monday in Calabar that following the ruling of the Appeal Court on Thursday last week ordering that the king makers should conduct another process to select Obong of Calabar in accordance with provisions of the constitution of Etuboms’ Council of 2002 and in strict compliance with the rules of natural justice, “The Etubom’s Council has promptly complied with that Court Order by taking all the necessary steps leading to and covering the Etuboms’ Conclave and conducted another selection process for the selection of Obong”.
The Statement which was signed by fourteen Etuboms representing the fourteen ruling houses to the Obong of Calabar declared further that the turn of the ruling house to produce the Obong after the demise of Nta Elijah Henshaw is Atai Iboku group of houses as provided for under the constitution of the Etuboms’ Constitution of 2002 and accordin
gly, ‘The most senior Etubom of the Atai Iboku group of houses, Etubom Lawrence Edet Asido presented their unanimously selected nomi
nee for the throne of Obong of Calabar in the person of Etubom Okon Abasi Otu and having been satisfied with the candidates qualifications and eligibility and there being no dissent whatsoever among the kingmakers, the Etuboms’ Conclave therefore declared him the successor to the throne of Obong of Calabar”.
The re-emergence of Abasi Otu forecloses the agitation by Chief Anthony Ani to the throne of Obong which has led to litigation leading to the Appeal Court judgment of Thursday last week which excluded him from further participation in the selection processes since he is not a capped chief.
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