By Eseoghene Emuke
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State is set to present a Staff of Office to the newly crowned Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state, His Royal Majesty, King Obukowho Monday Whiskey, Udurhie 1.
The presentation will hold on Friday October 23, 2020, at Jesse, the traditional headquarters of Idjerhe Kingdom.
The royal ceremony will hold at Idjerhe Grammar School at 10pm.
It was gathered that the Governor Okowa will personally be present at the ceremony to be attended by dignitaries from all walks of life including the current Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
The Delta State Government had earlier approved the selection and appointment of Udurhie 1 as Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom.
The new Idjerhe monarch until his enthronement was a senior journalist and former South-South Editor of the National Daily.
His Royal Majesty, King Monday Obukowho Whiskey, Udurhie 1, as Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.
The state government announced the confirmation of his appointment on Tuesday at the end of the State Executive Council presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online had reported that Idjerhe kingmakers had selected and installed Udurhie 1 as the new traditional ruler of the second largest Kingdom in Urhoboland.
His selection came after months of traditional processes between contenders for the revered Idjerhe stool.
Udurhie 1 emerged almost two years after His Royal Majesty, Edward Igho Otadaferua, Erhiekevwe 1, joined his ancestors in 2018.
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The new traditional ruler, who had his first and second degrees in Mass Communication, is a current PhD student at the Delta State University, Abraka.
Idjerhe Kingdom is the second largest Urhobo kingdom with over forty communities and rich in crude oil production.
The new Idjerhe king is reputable and fearless journalist with over three decades of active journalism practice where he rose through the rank to become South-South Regional Editor of National Daily Newspaper.
He was the first Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the pioneer executive chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) between 2007 and 2010.