By STELLA UKUOMA
Desperation may has become the hallmark of the self-proclaimed King of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom, Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko whose supporters are uncomfortable with historical facts countering their kingship usurpation plan.
Since the exclusive publication of the photograph of the heir-apparent to the throne, Prince Uche Stephen Nwoko, 18, there has been a determined effort to sustain a false claim that Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom already has a king.
Crown-Prince Uche Stephen Nwoko, is the 18 year old son of one of the surviving wives of late HRM Albert Uwadiegwu Nwoko III of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom.
His mother is from Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom and he is the one born after his father was crowned king in 1981 on a proviso that the king would marry a daughter of his town to produce an heir apparent to the throne.
The tradition requires that the mother of the king must be a daughter of the town.
Some elders and traditionalists, who know the historical background to Idumuje-Ugboko being under regency from 1955 to 1981, favour the claim that Uche Stephen Nwoko should be the next monarch of the town, even though his grandmother hailed from Ugbodu.
The people of Idumuje-Ugboko had agreed to save the monarchy from a prolonged rule of regency from 1955 to 1981. Owing to the traditional requirement that the mother of king must be an indigene, Prince Demas Nwoko who was approached after the death of Obi Nkeze Nwoko II, had declined to be king because he had married from Umunze in Anambra state, which will disqualify his children from the dynasty.
Prince Albert Nwoko had also married from Ubulu Uku and had children from that marriage. He was doubly ineligible to be the king because the end of his reign would create the scenario that Prof. Demas Nwoko wisely avoided in his lineage, which is exactly what is playing out today since the death of the late king.
Desperate to force their views on those opposed to their scheme, these faceless supporters have stormed the social media to sell their cock and bull stories and issue threats.
One of them CJ Skillz wrote “we have a king, in the name of Obi Chukwunomso Nwoko … so everyone should back down we ain’t looking for an heir to the throne, we have one already and he’s been enthroned already”.
A Delta North Senatorial pretender, Mr. Smart Ajaja in his response to shared post of young Prince Uche Nwoko on Facebook platform declared: “If that’s truly the custom of the Idumuje-Ugboko people, the crown is his, but if not, he should not make the mistake of taking the risk of ascending the throne regardless of the strength, the wealth and the political muscles of his backers, because the law of natural justice which originates from the power of the Holy Spirit and so, respects no human scheming, manipulation and brute violence of man even if aligned with the corrupted might of the state, will prevail, no matter how long it takes just as was the case of the Abavo’s royal ascendancy fraud”.
A former media aide of Prince Ned Nwoko, Mr. Onyeka Ibe described various media attacks targeted at the person of Prince Ned Nwoko over the crisis rocking Idumuje-Ugboko community as delusional, fanciful and pathetic.
Promoters of the crisis in Idumuje-Ugboko namely: Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko and others like him, realising that their game is up were now doing all within their powers to bring others down along with them.
They are using threats and intimidation against persons and institutions that they see as obstacles to their scheme to foist a palace coup d’état on the kingdom of Idumuje-Ugboko.
Mr. Ibe said, “We’ve recently noticed some really desperate and pitiful media attacks against Prince Ned Nwoko. Some of these write-ups are so delusional, fanciful and pathetic it would have been best to save mental energy for more worthy ventures than dissipate efforts on rebuttals”.
He said: “It appears that the promoters of the crisis in Idumuje-Ugboko like Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko and others like him, realising that their game is up, and like men in the throes of enforced death are, as best described by our Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, “splattering faeces” in all directions, hoping to taint others as they fade from conscious reality.
“But we reckon that if they could afford to concoct fictive apparitions and lie so brazenly, it wouldn’t cost us so much to re-present the truth.
“And for the umpteenth time, we wish to put forward the skeletal facts without any sentimental embellishments…”
Any unprejudiced observer who seeks independent opinion of the crisis in Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom or who is opposed to views from the Palace is labeled as compromised or supporter of Prince Ned Nwoko; the former federal lawmaker who is behind the Star University project.
The allocation of land for the university project is the propaganda tool for the self-proclaimed monarch who is desperate to sustain himself on the throne by diverting attention from the real issues.
It is a known fact that there are series of cases, criminal and civil, ongoing, instituted by or against Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his supporters in various courts in Delta State. They are desperate and worried that any conviction would ruin his aspiration to usurp the throne.
They have increased their incessant attacks on the mass media, Nigerian Police and the judiciary, to foist their anarchist threats of bloodshed in their circle that everyone else can be wrong while only their opinions are right.
So far they have failed to hoodwink the Delta State Police Command, which has brought the three persons who raped a 14 year old princess on August 30 2014 to trial in Asaba.
Another three persons who were suspected to have murdered an Okada operator, Mr. Cyprian Kamaron, have also been charged to court.
Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko wrote a petition to Police Zone 5 Headquarters in Benin. But now he is attacking the Zone 5 because they are not doing his bidding, but following the dictates of the law.