The Ologbotsere of Warri which is the highest chieftaincy title in Warri kingdom has long been the desire of Chief Ayiri Emami in the palace even before he was conferred the Uwayiboyami of Warri.
On the day of his chieftaincy confirmation in 2010, Ayiri had told guests who paid him homage at his Ubeji residence, venue of the reception that his new title is closely related to that of his father is proportional to that of the Ologbotsere of Warri and that set his quest for the Ologbotsere title.
The Ologbotsere title which is strictly reserved for Jakpa indigenes has come under scrutiny lately by the chief and his supporters who believes that and Ologbotsere should be someone who is financially rich, politically strong and socially connected.
This idea has been having a smooth sail in the palace since Ayiri was conferred chieftaincy but selling it before the Itsekiri People has not been a smooth ride as it's been resisted in different quarters.
The Chief finally put his financial, political and social power into test after the demise of Ogiame Atuwatse ll. For the consideration to fill the vacuum of the Ologbotsere, Akulagba has presented himself before other chiefs in the meeting asking them to consider him for the exalted office considering his achievements. His robust relationship with all the chiefs only earned him a silence from them except the activist among them.
The Igba of Warri rose up from her seat, went straight to where Akulagba sat and shut his mouth with her hands. She warned him and and those in support of such evil to beware of the wrath of the gods, She insisted that the Ologbotsere office doesn't hang on the balance of anyone's financial, political nor social status but strictly for the Jakpa people.
Chief Yaya Pessu was then adopted as acting Ologbotsere
The development prompted the chief's mother and other of his uncles and aunties to call their son to order. This embarrassment causes the chief to avoid series of meetings slated befor the final unveiling of the Omo—oba at ode Itsekiri.
Chief Rita Lori has been very controversial and always at logger heads with leaders and very difficult to find comprised with on key issues.