By Sam Eyoboka
FRESH from another spectacular election victory in an Edo State House of Assembly re_run election over the PDP candidate, the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole will today deliver a lecture on the benefits of credible election in the country.
The election of the erstwhile president of the NLC as the governor of Edo State, arguably remains the most controversial as it had to be determined by the Court of Appeal almost two years after the polls while the PDP candidate, Dr. Oserhemem Osunbor held sway.
It is not clear whether this was the criterion used by the Lagos-based Urhobo Social Club to determine who gives this yearâ€™s Mukoro Mowoe Memorial Lecture but definitely, Comrade Oshiomole is expected by the socio_cultural group to put his experience to bear as he speaks on the topic; â€˜The Benefits of Credible Elections in Nigeriaâ€™.
According to him, it is the groupâ€™s own way of finding viable solutions to nationâ€™s quest to nationhood, stressing that the history of UPU will not be complete without a prominent mention of the late Chief Mukoro Mowoe.
He said the Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan will be chief host at the occasion already scheduled for the Wellington Hotel, Effurun near Warri while the stateâ€™s former chief executive and the current president of UPU, Olorogun Felix Ibru will be the chairman of the occasion.
The royal father of the day, he continued, is expected to be the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Orhue I.Â Apart from being its president for 17 years, Chief Mowoe, a frontline businessman and an astute politician paved the way for the likes of Chief Jereton Mariere and many others today household names in the Urhoboland.
Born on April 4, 1890 in Evwreni in todayâ€™s Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, Mowoe was at one time or the other a member of the Western House of Assembly, Warri Advisory Board, Warri Provincial Development Management Board.
He also served as a Councillor representing what was then known as Eastern Urhobo Native Administration, a general merchant, exporter and importer and a contractor. From 1031 to 1948, he served as the president of what was then known as Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU and easily became a roll model for other eminent Urhobo indigenes.