There appears to be tension in Akure, the Ondo State capital as members of Igbo Community in the city are locked in a battle of wit with the monarch of the town over the leadership of Ndigbo in the ancient city.
This is because the Igbo community have signalled their rejection of the preferred leader candidate of the traditional ruler, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.
They are kicking against the imposition of one Titus Umenweke, saying “the imposition of someone who contested and lost election can cause rift and destroy the relationship between Igbo and Yoruba in the state.
Their rejection was contained in a statement issued in Akure by the Onowu of Ndigbo (Ondo State) and Secretary, Association of Ndieze in Diaspora, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Ondo State Chapter, High Chief (Sir) Cyril Anyaku and Chief Ikechukwu Anoliefo, respectively.
According to them, “this is a time-bomb that will do no one good.
Recall that Oba Aladelusi had announced Titus Umenweke as the leader of the Ndigbo in the state after outlawing the title five years ago.
Their statement read: “The entire Ndigbo in Ondo State reject the imposition of Leader/Asiwaju of Ndigbo in Akure by his Imperial Majesty Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (Odundun II).