The Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, has labelled the purported zoning arrangement of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State as farce, saying it has uncovered plans by a cabal within the party, that include some so-called Urhobo political leaders not to cede the State gubernatorial seat to the Urhobo nation in 2023.
They also accused a cabal of some Urhobo political leaders of forming the proclivity of aiding and abetting the alteration of election results in their locality, as was observed in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, adding that a Urhobo political leader even went to INEC office in his local government area around 1am in the morning to oversee the alteration of the results of the election in favour of his political party and candidates, in connivance with a relation of his from the same community who is a staff of INEC.
In a communique issued and signed by the UPU President General, Chief Joe Omene, the body also condemned the endorsement of Gov. Okowa for a second term by the Ohaneze N’digbo, insisting that the endorsement clearly affirms the fact that the governor is a core Igbo man and apparently working discreetly to perpetuate Igbo agenda in the governance of Delta State.
It reads “Our position is indeed strengthened by the fact that the leadership of other socio-cultural organizations in the country ( Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and Afenifere) that also boasts of considerable population in the state have acted neutrally by not associating with any political party or its candidates. That the UPU have uncovered plot by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to cause confusion and uproar in Urhobo land during the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly election, with the wicked intent of scaring away eligible voters, so as to further undermine the voting population of the Urhobo, who are indisputably the major ethnic group in Delta State. We are therefore using this medium to call on the federal government and all relevant security agencies in the state to beef-up security around Urhobo land so that our sons and daughters can go about freely to exercise their civic responsibility on the day of the election, without any form of molestation” the communique reads
The body then said arising from the foregoing, the UPU therefore call on all Urhobo sons and daughters to come out enmasse on March 9, 2019, to cast their votes for our dear son Chief Great Ogboru, in the same manner they did in the 1991 gubernatorial election between Chief Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru and Prof. Eric Opia, after Urhobo governorship aspirants in the primaries that produced Prof. Opia as NRC candidate were short-changed