- UPU differs, says he must negotiate
Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Wednesday continued his crusade for second term for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
But his position runs counter to the views of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU. The union’s President General, Chief Gabriel Ofotokun, insisted that the best way to go about the agenda was to negotiate with Urhobo.
“Whoever is going to take over from Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa must be an Urhobo” the union’s president general said.
Igbuya, who spoke in Asaba, urged the UPU leaders not to endorse any candidate in 2019.
“We have come thus far. We have endorsed Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for 2019.
We need your prayers to achieve that agenda” he said.
Receiving UPU interim executive in his office, Igbuya blamed the past executive of the union for the dismay performance of the Urhobo nation in the 2015 governorship polls.
“Some gullible fellows turned the Urhobo nation into a trading port.
They commercialised the leadership of our ethnic group, thereby destroying the foundation and unity of the Urhobo nation. That is what we are suffering today. That is why the fifth largest group in Nigeria is not recognised anywhere” he said.
Deeply disappointed by the actions by some Urhobo leaders, Igbuya said he was sad over the incarceration of former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori.
“We have thrown away dignity and unity. As a matter of fact, Urhobo leaders now kill their children publicly. Who kept Ibori in prison?
They are Urhobo people. Persecutors of Ibori are not strangers. They are not from Delta North, Delta South and South West. They are our kith and kin. The pillar of the Urhobo political class is incarcerated. How can Urhobo move forward politically? We do not know beyond Asaba and even the Asaba we know, we do not know the doors or
machines to open. The man who knows what doors or instrument to touch, we used our hands to cage him. We are crying and shouting that Urhobo should move forward politically. It is very unfortunate” he said.
He condemned the plot to stop a governor of Anioma extraction in 2015. “Itsekiri is a minority group in the state. In Warri South, Warri South West and Warri North, the Urhobos are there. There are Ijaw people in these local government areas but they produced a governor.