To weather the storm of controversy surrounding the kingship stool of the recently installed 17-year-old king of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I may soon step down from the contentious throne.
Chief Emma Ejiofor, Onishe (Prime Minister), had stirred the hornet’s nest when he declared the late Ofulue III as a usurper, insisting as the Onishe, whose responsibility is to crown a new king, he never installed Ofulue III as king neither did he install the young Akaeze I.
The royal family is already shopping for a certain 65-year-old prince who is believed to be the first son of Ofulue II to counter Ejiofor’s claim that the throne belonged to Prince Okuchukwu Edward Ofulue whose mother is an Irish.
Akaeze I who has since returned to the United Kingdom after his enthronement on February 18, succeeded his father, Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered allegedly by herdsmen.
However, less than two months of his installation, speculations were rife that the community is planning to substitute the young monarch with a very senior member of the royal family.
The 65-year old Prince is said to be considering the royal overtures as he would not want be to drawn into the controversial stool, especially for the fact that Obi Ofulue II never accepted him as his son since he allegedly refused to marry his mother.
However, the community has debunked the speculations that the royal family was shopping for a formidable replacement for the young Akaeze I, describing the rumours as far from the truth.
Comrade Jones Ofunne, Chairman of Ubulu-Uku Development Council (UDC), said on Friday in Asaba that the rumor was the handiwork of Chief Ejiofor whom he described as a drowning man.
“The rumour cannot be anything but far from the truth,’’ he said.