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It is no longer news that the position of Ette-idung in Use Offot community has been vacant for some while since the death and burial of the late Ette-Idung Sylvester E. Ekpang (KSM).
Over the weekend, delegations of the two factions contending for the position of Ette-Idung in Use Offot community presented their preferred candidates to the Clan head of Offot Ukwa, (Etebom) Sylvanus E. Okon NDM JP which met a Waterloo.
During the presentation, the Use Offot village council presented the proposed rotation policy for the position of ette-idung to the clan head alongside their preferred candidate.
The Clan head of Offot Ukwa, (Etebom) Sylvanus E. Okon NDM JP, while responding to the matter, advised that it is in the position of the family heads of all the families that makes up the community to elect every incoming ette-idung and declined hand picking any of the two contenders as the ette-idung although he is in a good position to do so as the clan head of offot ukwa and the paramount ruler of Uyo but rather referred the situation to the leadership of the Traditional Rulers Council.
It is alleged that the Clan head was not in support of the proposed rotation policy as presented by the Use Offot village council because there has not been evidences to show that such policy was signed into the governing laws of the community. The Clan head rather advised the family heads to bring a lasting solution to the power tussle as it is in their position to elect the new ette-idung.
From present realities, each of the contenders has three (3) family heads apiece in support and anyone who may likely emerge as the winner must gain the support of a higher number of the family heads as the struggle continues to gain more momentum across the community.
On this note, all hands are on deck as the Traditional Rulers Council will be delivering the final verdict in this direction to give Use Offot community a sense of direction as Use Offot Community deserves a king as soon as possible.