The Chieftaincy tussle over the Odogwu stool in Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, has taken a new twist as a socio-political group, Concerned Umuoshomi Citizens, has accused the Obi in council led by Obi Victor Chukwumalieze I of partiality in adjudicating over the issue.
The group said it was a miscarriage of justice that must be redressed in the interest of equity and fair play.
It alleged that the controversial title was surreptitiously designed to favour Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, adding that it was not only done in bad faith and against the wishes of the majority of Onicha-Ugbo people but against Umuoshomi quarter that rightly deserve the title at this point in time.
The group questioned why the Obi in council could take such a step, when it was clear that the Ishiekpe Chime community was not in want of who to present for the stool being the rightful and legitimate beneficiary after having gone round the quarters.
It expressed dismay at the turn of event that resulted in the projection and attempted cunning imposition of Dr. Kachikwu as the Odogwu of Onicha-Ugbo, whose grandfather had his turn in recent time past.
The group alleged of underhand dealings to attempt to forcefully take over the title from Umuoshomi people, who had already agreed on Chief Emeke Kogolo as their candidate for the stool.
They rejected the process and called for a total reversal and also appeal to HRM Obi Chukwumalieze I to take another look at the injustice done and allow equity and fair play prevail in the interest of peace and good neighborliness.
The group decried the manner the head of their clan Mr Okafor Okoh, was allegedly threatened, if he speaks the truth and urge all well meaning people of Onicha-Ugbo to prevail on the traditional council to desist from the influence of some of their members and do the right thing.