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Four Out Of Seven Kingmakers Proclaim Anthony Ani As New Obong Of Calabar


The former Minister of Finance in the regime of late General Sani Abacha, Etubom Anthony Ani has been proclaimed as the new Obong of Calabar. 

The proclamation was done on May 22, 2023 by a group of four out of the seven surviving Etuboms as at 2008 who constituted the original kingmakers led by Etubom Essien Ekpenyong Efiok as chairman of the Council and Conclave and Etubom Micah Archibong as Secretary. 

Others in attendance include Etubom Okon Etim Asuquo, the oldest Etubom of the Palace of the Obong of Calabar and Etubom Nyong Effiom Okon JP, the Paramount Ruler of Calabar South Local Government Area. Out of the seven qualified Etuboms, four were present and their decision was unanimous. 

According to a press release signed by Etubom Essien Ekpenyong Efiok, "With this proclamation, the activities for his traditional and church crowning will kick off in earnest. 

"It is my responsibility as the regent and chairman of the surviving Etuboms council of 2008 of the palace of the Obong of Calabar and consequence of Supreme Court judgement that made reference to the 2002 constitution. No any other person apart from me can do the proclamation because I still alive to take up that responsibility as chairman and in collaboration with other serving Etuboms as at 2008 and since the judgement there is no Obong on the throne. And it is not fair for us to remain for such a long time..

"So we decided not to waste time and therefore bring in the most qualified  person to the throne as the Obong of Calabar in the person of His Royal highness Etubom Anthony Asuquo  Ani.

"What we have done today is not a parallel thing because they have not complied with the decision of the Supreme court.

"This is the time we have gotten an Obong and appeal to everyone to be calm and work with the new Monarch  on the throne as there would a turn of events for good and the efiks will feel the impact."

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