Governor Charles Soludo, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Uche Ekwunife, among other prominent persons from Anambra State, on Saturday graced the occasion of the installation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke as Cardinal, ANAMBRA PEOPLE reports.
Okpaleke, who is the Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese, was installed as Cardinal by Pope Francis on Saturday.
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, among other Nigerians, witnessed the ceremony.
Anambra delegates who were at the installation ceremony include Arch Bishop Valerian Okeke, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, Bishop Martin Uzoukwu, Senator Victor Umeh, Chief Victor Oye , Hon. Chris Azubogu, Uche Okafor (Speaker Anambra Assembly), among Others.
Other visiting delegates in Rome for the ordination include; Mr Valentine Ozigbo, Chief Joseph Ezeokafor (Jezco), HRH Igwe Raphael Okpalaeke (Igwe Amesi Aguata), Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, Chief Ikenna Okafor (Ide Akweze) Comr. Emma Ezeokafor, Chief Linus Ezenkwu, Mrs Chinenye Okonkwo, Chief Barth Nwa
ibe, Chief Emeka Agba (General), Chief Titus Anigbogu, Barr. Patrick Ikwueto SAN, Chief Okeke Ifeanyi Justin, Chief Afam Ezeofor, Hon Nwogbo Chukwuemeka and other notable personalities too numerous to mention.
Recall Okpalaeke was rejected as Bishop by some priests and Catholics in Ahiara Diocese before he was finally posted out of Imo State, and later named as the Bishop of then newly created Diocese of Ekwulobia, where he originally hails from.
Pope Francis had in late May announced Okpalaeke and 20 other Bishops across the world as Cardinals.