Ayade Fingered in Plot to Depose Nigeria’s Longest Serving Monarch


By Bassey Inyang

Palpable tension has enveloped Cross River State following an alleged plot by the state government to depose the longest serving monarch in Nigeria, His Royal Highness, Uti Jedy Agba, paramount ruler of Obudu.

The monarch who has been on the throne for at about 57 years was a member of the Eastern House of Chiefs during Nigeria’s the First Republic.

Investigations revealed that the alleged plot to depose the monarch might be connected to the political rivalry between a former governorship aspirant in the state, Mr. Jedy Agba, and the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

Sources who pleaded anonymity have fingered the state government under the watch of Ayade as being responsible for a recent plot to unseat Agba, saying the recent allegation by a group of person from Obudu that Uti was incompetent to led the people following recent clashes of cult groups that resulted in many deaths were part of the plot being hatched to depose the monarch.