By Chinemelu Okafor
Ihiala, June 15, 2019 (MOI) New
Traditional Ruler of Ihiala, Oluoha, Igwe Thomas Ikenna Amuta Obidiegwu has
vowed to ensure more peaceful reign during his tenure.
``I will ensure peace and oneness,’’
Igwe Obidiegwu vowed in an interview with Politics Correspondent of Ministry of
Information based at Ihiala.
The new Oluoha made the vow in his
Palace at Umunnebogwu Okohia, Ihiala, after a keenly contested Igweship with
Chief Azuka Alagwu.
The tussle for the stool nearly tore
``I have come to harmonise and
re-unite Ihiala, as a one happy family,’’ the Igwe said, stressing, ``my reign
will be the new face of Ihiala, where everybody will be under one umbrella’’.
It has been gathered that Oluoha
throne rotates among the seven sons of Dioha Royal Family. These sons represent
some specific villages that trace their linage to Dioha.
The journey to the throne starts from
Elekechem, adjudged as the eldest son of Dioha to others -- Nnebogwu,
Mmenike, Adobihi, Irogbuewu, Abanike and Ezeogu.
It rotates within these royal sons
(villages) of Dioha.
It was also gathered that that there
were three documents that also spells out guidelines to Oluohaship.
Igwe Obidiegwu noted that the first
of such documents emanated from the Smith Enquiries, while the second was
entire Ihiala Constitution as well as Code of conduct for Oluoha of Ihiala.
He said the third document spells out
the rotation, known as the summary of the agreements of the seven sons of Dioha
and their representatives.
It is that agreement that spells out,
how each of the families, whose turn to produce Oluoha and how they would
produce a candidate.
``It is this document that produced
the late Oluoha, Dr Cosmas Okechukwu from Elekechem.’’
Igwe Obidiegwu noted that before his
emergence, he went through all the procedures as prescribed in all documents
relating to the installation of Oluoha, just as was followed to produce the
``It is the Okpara of Nnebogwu that
produced me, before handing over to the other six Okparas, of Dioha Royal
When aspirants were whittled down to
three from six, each of the remaining three aspirants was asked to bring a
person each to make up an18-man Committee that made the final selection.
``The result eventually produced
me,’’ Igwe Obidiegwu said.
According to him, inspite of the
first procedure, a referendum was organised to corroborate veracity of the
screening, and I won the highest votes of 150.
Prof. Aluka had just a vote, while
Chief Azuka Alagwu scored zero votes.
Igwe Oluoha said in addition, the
Okpara of Elekechem conducted his own free and fair election, and I still
emerged as the winner.
One Chief Sylvester Anyaigbo, leader
of the Dioha Royal Family, conducted his own independent free and fair election
and ``I still emerged as the winner’’.
The other had accepted the result and
stepped down, but Azuka and his supporters didn't want to accept the results
and is why it seemed as if there was tussle.
Based on the credible actions and
transparent procedures followed, the Anambra State Government, then, presented
certificate of recognition to Igwe Obidiegwu. (MOI)