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Obong Crisis: Etubom’s Council Members Write Gov Ayade, seek his intervention to forestall breakdown of law

Some Legitimate Etuboms of the Palace of the Obong of Calabar have kicked against the purported selection process that produced Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu who was dethroned by the decisions of the Supreme Court in Appeal No.: SC.633/2013 – Etubom Anthony A. Ani & Ors v. Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu & Ors and Appeal No.: SC.634/2013 – Etubom Anthony A. Ani & Ors v. Etubom Essien Ekpeyong Efiok & Ors.

In a statement jointly signed by three (3) of the Legitimate Etuboms (HRH Etubom Essien Ekpenyong Efiok, HRH Etubom Micah Archibong and HRH Etubom Nyong Effiom Okon) on behalf of the Etuboms, Traditional Rulers Council, they stated clearly that all those who took part in the selection process were not qualified ab initio to take part in the process.

The Statement made it clear that HRH Etubom Essien Ekpenyong Efiok and HRH Etubom Micah Archibong VI who were the Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Etuboms’ Traditional Rulers Council as well as Respondents in both Appeals, should have conducted the proceedings in line with the 2002 Constitution as ordered by the Supreme Court, but that was not the case.

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The Traditional Rulers relied on the Supreme Court decision which threw the fresh selection process open to western Calabar comprising Ikoneto, Adiabo and Creek Town and the contestants should have been qualified before taking part in the process.

They stated categorically that those who took part in the process and proclamation are not qualified as eleven (11) of them are those capped by the dethroned Obong of Calabar.

The traditional Rulers urged the State Governor to intervene in the matter to forestall a breakdown of Law and Order and ensure the unbiased implementation of the Decisions of the Supreme Court.