Council Chairmen under the auspices of Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON), Delta Central Chapter, Monday, rejected the purported endorsement of Olorogun David Edevbie’s governorship bid by the Urhobo Progress Union, (UPU).
The group, at a press conference in Warri, called on the UPU to backtrack and rescind its adoption of a gubernatorial aspirant as it’s preferred Urhobo candidate ahead of the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the interest of unity and love in Urhobo land and the state.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the eight local government council chairmen in Delta Central, Chairman of Ughelli South Local Government Area, Dr. Richard Kofi, described the endorsement of Edevbie against other Urhobos in the race as “misguided”.
Flanked by other Council Chairmen in the Senatorial district, Kofi appealed to the leadership of the UPU “whose primary duty is to promote the culture and tradition of the Urhobo people to strictly adhere to vision and mission of the founding fathers” of the Urhobo apex organization.
Kofi, noted that the role of the UPU as a socio-cultural group should be to make deliberate effort to unite its political class.
He said; “our attention has been drawn to an advertorial published by the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU on page 9 of the Sunday 17th edition of the Vanguard Newspaper titled, “Our Stand; Our Choice”.
Continuing, Kofi said: “We want to respond accordingly; it is clear from the advertorial which is also being circulated in the mainstream and social media that the current leadership of the UPU is being misguided.
“Without priding ourselves, Local Government Council Chairmen who are the key political stakeholders, especially at the grassroots, which is the basic foundation of any political endeavour were not consulted or carried along.
“If we as Local Government Council Chairmen were carried along in this decision, we would have offered our candid advice and perhaps avert this adoption of one aspirant among other qualified sons of Urhobo nation.
“We have been following the political development in Delta State from 1999 till date, and in the build up to the forthcoming 2023 general election with keen interest.
“We are not happy with the decision of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU the apex socio-cultural body of Urhobo people to adopt any aspirant as the preferred candidate of the Urhobo ethnic nationality whereas we have other Urhobo sons also contesting the gubernatorial election in Delta State.
“Wisdom would have thought us from history that the UPU coming out to adopt one aspirant as its candidate against others have never ended well and therefore should be discouraged in its entirety.
“The founding fathers of the UPU did not form the Union as a Political Party, or as an extension of a Political Party nor a political pressure group, therefore is an abnormal for the body to come to the political field or gallery to poke nose let alone adopting an aspirant.”
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