The Delta State Government is reported to have rescheduled the presentation of Staff of Office to the new crowned king of Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty, King Obukowho Monday Whiskey, Udurhie 1 to Monday, October 26, 2020.
The presentation of Staff of Office by the government to the new king was earlier slated for Friday October 23, but was abruptly postponed due to the violence that later followed the #EndSARS protest and the subsequent imposition of a 48-hour curfew in the state.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online reports that sources in the state government and Idjerhe traditional chiefs confirmed the new date on Saturday.
It was further learnt that the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, may personally present the Staff of Office to the traditional ruler.
The presentation will hold at Idjerhe Grammar School in Jesse, the traditional headquarters of Idjerhe kingdom, by 10am prompt
The presentation will hold on Friday, October 23, 2020, at Jesse, the traditional headquarters of Idjerhe Kingdom.
Other eminent personalities expected to grace the royal ceremony are; the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori and a host of other dignitaries including traditional rulers from within and across the state.
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 Newspaper.
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.
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.
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.