By Godwin Oghre
As a way to douse the controversy trailing the endorsement by the apex governing body of Urhobo people, the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, of Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru of the Labour Party as their consensus candidate for the March 28th, 2015 governorship election in the Delta State, UPU has finally cleared the air, giving reasons for the endorsement, saying it was done in good faith and for the overall interest and benefit of the Urhobo people.
President General of UPU, Chief Joseph Omene, who addressed news men yesterday, in his Mosogar country home, Ethiope West Local Government of the state, on behalf of Urhobo said, “After the Uvwiamuge Declaration in the middle of 2014, aside a good number of Urhobo sons who first declared their interest to contest the governorship election under the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, the Labour Party’s governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru was the next to declare his governorship ambition to the Urhobo nation through UPU.”
He added that, “Chief Ogboru came and said he needed our blessing, and we gave it to him, just as we did for every aspirant that came to us from PDP. By this time we had not seen the All Progressives Congress, APC, or its governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor. We even had doubts if he would ever show up. It was much later after Ogboru had come to us before O’tega came on board.”