By Chijindu Emeruwa
The four villages that made up Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku clan in Umuahia North local Government Area of Abia State, have formally presented Chief Rexford Ohaeri as the successor of the late HRM Eze Rufus Ohaeri who gloriously passed on 2017.
The villages are Ohokobe, Umuohu-Okpala, Umuafai and Umuezeala.
This was made known in an address made available to Chief Lucky Akabuike-led Umuahia North local Government Area Transition Committee and issued to journalists in Umuahia, during the weekend.
The Chairmen consisting the four villages in Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku equivocally stated that based on the charter of equity and which encourage rotational of the Mbaocha Ndume Traditional stool among the villages.
However, In an address presented to Umuahia North local Government Area of Abia, the President General of Mbaocha Autonomous Community Ndume Ibeku, Comrade John Orji explained that the Mbaocha Community after thorough screening of three persons jostling for the Mbaocha traditional stool collectively settled with Chief Rexford Ohaeri.
The Candidates screened alongside with Ohaeri for the Mbaocha traditional stool were Chief Boniface Ikediuwa and Chief Vincent Nwankwo.
The President General said, “In keeping with the provisions of the constitution of Mbaocha Autonomous Community in consultation with the Elders in Council, wrote to Umuohu Okpula village whose turn it is to produce the Ocha 11, to nominate a suitable person from themselves.
“The three candidates were given equal opportunities before the Screening Committee comprising of the council of elders of Mbaocha Autonomous Community and the three candidates were subjected to both written and oral interview including a critical review of their bio-data and credentials.
“The Screening Committee also carried out a physical visit and inspection of the respective homes of the candidates. At the conclusion of the screening exercise, Chief Rexford Ohaeri who happened to come from the most senior kindred in Umuohu Okpula was found to be the most eligible in accordance with the constitution as well as the prevalent custom and tradition of the people of Mbaocha Autonomous Community.
“Thereafter, the Screening Committee(Council of Elders) presented the successful candidate to Mbaocha Community on 26th September, 2020, and with the concurrence of the community, the council announced Chief Ikechi Rexford Ohaeri as the Eze-elect, (Ocha 11) of Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku Autonomous Community.
“It is therefore the unequivocal decision of the people of Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku Autonomous Community that we, the President General and Elders-in-Council, present Chief Rexford Ohaeri as the Eze-elect to the government for his recognition and issuance of Staff of Office by the Executive Governor of Abia State”.
Orji also verbally warned against sacrilegious move by whosoever trying to use the traditional stool to destabilize the revered Mbaocha kingdom.
In a related development, Chief Rexford Ohaeri, has sued for togetherness for the growth and development of the Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku clan.
The Eze-elect assured that he would consolidate on the existing peace in Mbaocha land.
Ohaeri who gave the assurance during an interview with newsmen, in Umuahia, thanked the people of Mbaocha Ndume for their collective decision in toeing the line of the tradition and constitution by presenting him for the Mbaocha traditional stool.
He further called on the good people of Mbaocha Autonomous Community to always love one another as the community was in dire need of more developmental strides.
Meanwhile, the Ohokobe Mbaocha Ndume Ibeku, has described the Eze-elect, Chief Rexford Ohaeri as epitome of humility and confided that the latter would lead the community into more paths of prosperity and growth.
Ahannah Ohaeri, the Chairman of Ohokobe Community who spoke when the Eze-elect(Rexford Ohaeri) visited the community, said it is the turn of Umuakpu Umuohu Okpula village to produce next Traditional Ruler and congratulated Chief Rexford Ohaeri for his presentation for the Mbaocha stool to the State government.