By Emma Amaize & Perez Brisibe
THERE was confusion, yesterday, as Urhobo monarchs in Delta State rejected the re-election of the President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Chief Joseph Omene, barely 24 hours after he was elected.
Others elected on Friday, alongside Omene are:Jonathan Shakarho, 1st Deputy General; Chief Fred Sohwo, 2nd Deputy General, while Martins Mukoro, Mike Okenini and Rapheal Emecho would serve as Secretary General, Treasurer and Financial Secretary respectively.
The traditional rulers across the 24 Urhobo kingdoms, led by the Owhorode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM R. N. Ogbon, alleged that Omene violated a court order restraining him from conducting UPU congress, which he relocated to his Mosogar residence after security agents sealed the Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uviamughe, Agbarho,
Meanwhile, the Ighele Urhobo (UPU youth wing), under the leadership of Ovie Igho, is in support of Omene’s election. A faction headed by Chief Jolly Ogbe, also opposed to Omene, said yesterday: “Omene held a kangaroo election in his compound and declared himself winner against the a court order.”
A prominent Urhobo youth leader, Mr. Rex Anighoro, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, said: “The royal fathers do not dictate what happens in UPU, they are not in the position to do what they are doing and Omene has not done anything wrong as far as UPU constitution is concerned.”