Jonathan’s kinsmen finally get a king after 25 years of struggle

For 25 years, the kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the Ogbia Kingdom of Bayelsa State have lived without an overall king.

But the crowning of the Obanobhan of Ogbia Kingdom on Saturday brought to an end the decades of kingship tussle that rocked the ancient kingdom.

At the famous Ogbia Brotherhood, a socio-cultural body in Ogbia Town, the venue of the coronation, indigenes and residents alike erupted in ecstasy and inexplicable joy as the new Obanobhan of Ogbia, His Royal Majesty, King Damaru Owaba, was crowned the superior monarch for the kingdom.

The Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, representatives of the state government, some members of the National Assembly, prominent indigenes from the kingdom and in Diaspora, among others, witnessed the coronation of Owaba.

The former President (Jonathan) was said to have been instrumental to the peaceful resolution of the kingship feud which lingered on for two and a half decades.

Speaking on the emergence of the overall king of the kingdom, the National Chairman, Ogbia Brotherhood, Chief Benson Agadaga, said with the election of King Owaba, “the impossible has been made possible.”

Agadaga, a two-time commissioner in the state, said, “The 25-year-old jinx of aborted exercises in getting an overall king for the people has been broken. The dividing walls in Ogbia land, which emanated from the Obanobhan tussle have been pulled down.

“The several litigation, police cases and controversies surrounding the throne for over two decades have been cast into the abyss of no return. It is a thing of joy that all outstanding court cases have been withdrawn before the coronation.

“Today, Ogbia is sitting with one voice to peacefully adopt a leader to occupy the ancient throne of Obanobhan, which is the highest traditional stool of the people.”

According to Punch, he said the Ogbia Kingdom went beyond the geographical boundaries of Ogbia council and cut across kingdoms of Okoroma of Nembe in Bayelsa as well as Kugbo, Ogbogolo and Abureni settlements in Abua/Odual area of Rivers State.

In his remarks after the coronation, Governor Seriake Dickson, urged the traditional rulers in the state to work with his government for sustainable peace, growth and development.