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‘No crisis in Urhobo Progress Union’

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The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has debunked insinuations that the association is enmeshed in crisis influenced by extraneous forces from the Delta State Government House, Asaba.

It insisted that rather the group was forging ahead and positioning stronger for a better representation of Urhobo interests, noting that all men of goodwill should ignore those crying wolf where there was none.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Abel Oshevire, it stated that former President General, Chief Joe Omene, has since leaving office, done everything possible to undermine the new administration that was working hard to give the Urhobo a clearer sense of belonging.“The attention of the UPU worldwide has been drawn to an allegation by Joe Omene that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is responsible for an imaginary crisis in UPU.

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“Ordinarily, we should have ignored Omene, but given the fact that the allegation could convey a wrong impression in the minds of those who are not conversant with the workings of UPU, we have decided to put the records straight,” Oshevire stated.

The statement also noted, “Let it be stated for the umpteenth time that there is no crisis in the UPU under the leadership of Olorogun Moses Oghenerume Taiga, who was first elected President General on December 6, 2016 for a three-year term and re-elected on December 5, 2019 for another term.

“Omene served out his tenure and was replaced with Taiga in a legally constituted national congress of the UPU that had most of the royal fathers and delegates from all the 24 kingdoms of the Urhobo Nation in attendance.

“It is unfortunate that since Omene ceased being the PG, he has continued to indulge in actions and utterances that are embarrassing, shameful, disgraceful and unbefitting of his person and former position.”

He urge Omene to take bold and firm steps at appeasing the Urhobo Nation and reintegrating himself into Urhobo society by seeking forgiveness and sanctify himself of the traditional ostracism invoked on him by royal fathers, Urhobo presidents-general and other relevant stakeholders in the Urhobo Nation.

“We wish to affirm again that there is no crisis in the UPU and that Governor Okowa is a man of peace. He respects the independence and sovereignty of the Urhobo traditional leadership and will never and has never interfered in its affairs,” the statement added.

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