A former State Public Relations Officer and Chairman Ajeromi local government area of the Igbo Speaking Community, Chief Emmanuel Dandison has recalled the sacrifices he made during the reign of late Eze Valentine Anyalewechi, as he was a good and accommodating man while he was alive. This revelation was made by Chief Dandison while dishing out advice to the late Eze’ son, Eze Valentine Anyalewechi Jnr., following the controversy surrounding his Ezeship.
He recalled that the late Eze’s coronation was vehemently opposed by a faction in Ajeromi at that time, but he, in company of other loyalists had to smuggle him to Okota where he was finally crowned by Eze Nwachukwu.
“We were faithfully behind Eze Anyalewechi because he was a typical good father. Despite his detractors’ efforts at stalling his coronation, he was quick to forgive them and sought for reconciliation with other warring groups’’ he said.
According to him, Eze Anyalewechi assigned him and one Nduaguba, another loyalist of the Eze, to find out among the camp of other contenders who they could use as a channel of reconciliation. They were asked to visit the camp of late Eze Sylvester Okpala to extend a hand of fellowship. When they got to Eze Okpala’s event, he was given a very warm welcome and his companion felt he had been bribed by Eze Okpala and his group and so informed Eze Anyalewechi of his suspicion.
On the other hand, the camp of Eze Okpala, accused him of spying for Eze Anyalewechi and doing everything to destabilize his camp.
He however ended with an advice to Anyalewechi junior to quickly formalize his Ezeship status, if he had not, and also to look for his fathers trusted loyalists.