By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”AHEAD of the 2011 general elections,Urhobo Consultative Forum (UCF) has endorsed Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, and his deputy, Prof. Amos Agbe Utuama, for a second term in office.
The group also renewed its vote of confidence on the governor and his deputy for their massive development initiative in all parts of the state. Speaking during the 2009 end of year party of the UCF held in Sapele, its National Chairman, Chief Tom Amioku, said the group which, was inaugurated about two and a half years ago, had kept faith with its avowed commitment to properly position the Urhobo ethnic nation politically in consultation with other ethnic groups in the state.
Amioku said the group was poised to provide a healthy platform for the Urhobo political class to rub minds on issues affecting the well being, progress and development of Urhobo nation, adding that wide consultation, dialogue and consensus building among stakeholders within the Urhobo nation were made before decisions are taken on important political issues affecting the people.
He held that the forum was â€œstrongly committed to the promotion of the practice of true democracy, the sanctity of the vote, the principle of accountability, transparency and good governance.
â€œI am sure you all will agree with me that the practice of these great principles which are intertwined and mutually re_enforcing are today essential to move, not only Delta State but our great nation forward to the next level.
â€œIn line with our avowed commitment towards the promotion of good governance, we have watched with keen interest, the performance of the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Prof. Amos Aigbe Utuama (SAN), led administration in Delta State.
â€œThe policies and programmes for their realization; the resultant dividends of improved security, harmonious co â€“ existence among the various ethnic groups in the State the various developmental projects taking place in various parts of the State and their inevitable implication for job creation and human capital development. These all call for a renewal of our vote of confidence for our God fearing, dynamic and performing Governor and Deputy Governor, and more.â€
In his address, chairman, Elders / Leaders forum of the group, Chief G.N.O Sefia said they were all equal citizens, adding that there were no second class citizens in the State. He noted that chief James Onanefe Ibori led them creditably well for eight years.
In their brief remarks, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and his Deputy, Prof Amos Utuama thanked the group for endorsing them for a second term in office and promised not to betray the confidence reposed on them by the people.