By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE Urhobo Political Forum (UPF) has called on all Niger Deltans to embrace peace and dialogue as the legitimate and time tested medium to achieve their goals and condemned the military invasion of Gbaramatu kingdom.
The call was contained in a communiquÃ© issued by the group at the end of its consolidation rally held at Eku, Delta last weekend.
According to the communiquÃ© which was signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the UPF, Chief Ighoyota Amori and Olorogun Ebenezer Okorodudu respectively, the group also frowned on â€œthe wanton destruction of innocent lives and properties and called on the Federal Government to halt such military expenditure.
â€œUrhobo Political Forum unequivocally supports UPU (Urhobo Progress Union) in totality in her bid to organize the Unity Summit and calls on all Urhobo sons and daughters (both at home and in Diaspora), Urhobo Traditional rulers/ Leaders of thought, all and sundry to join hands and support the UPU for the successful hosting of the Unity Summit.
â€œUrhobo Political Forum calls for and supports agitations for the creation of Urhobo State, and other states from the present Delta as being agitated by other nationalities in the present Delta State.
â€œUrhobo Political Forum calls for and supports the creation of seven additional states and two Federal Constituencies from the present Delta Central Senatorial District. Urhobo Political Forum condemns in totality all forms of militancy that involves destruction of oil pipelines, killing of service personnel, kidnappings, arson, murder, and intimidation etc as a method of agitation for the development of the Delta region.
â€œUrhobo Political Forum calls for the immediate implementation of the Niger Delta Technical Committee report. Urhobo Political Forum supports the amnesty initiative of the Federal Government and strongly recommends that the militants lay down their arms and accepts it.â€
It concluded that the â€œUrhobo Political Forum recommends the speedy development of the Niger Delta as the only means of resolving the crisis in the regionâ€ and extend her hands of fellowship to other ethnic political pressure groupsÂ from the other senatorial districts that share similar ideals and vision with the group.”