A fresh crisis is looming in Akure, the Ondo State capital, over an alleged plan by the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, to install an Eze Ndigbo.
The Igbo have threatened to “create a scene”, if the Deji does not refrain from such move.
But the monarch’s spokesperson, Michael Adeyeye, said he was not aware of any Eze Ndigbo title in the state.
In a statement by James Chukwujekwu and Samuel Maduka on behalf of Concerned Igbo Indigenes, the Igbo said the plan would create crisis in the town.
The duo said Sir Gregory Iloehika was elected Eze Ndigbo by the Igbo communities in the state in August 2011.
They said: “Any attempt to appoint another leader would lead to crisis.
“We wish to reiterate that the Igbo association, Ndigbo, has been in existence in Ondo State for over nine decades.
“The Igbo have always democratically elected their leaders.
“The Eze Ndigbo, Sir Gregory Iloehika, was elected on August 10, 2011.
“However, there are speculations that some faceless characters are presenting one of them to the Deji to be installed Asiwaju of Igbo as against the interest of the Igbo in Ondo State.
“We are advising the Deji-in-Council and the relevant authorities to be wary of these characters, whose intention is to truncate the peace enjoyed by both the Igbo and their host communities.
“We are using this opportunity to call the attention of all relevant parties to stop any attempt that can lead to breach of peace in the state.”