BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—PRESIDENT-General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, General Patrick Aziza (rtd), has vowed to place Urhobo ethnic nationality in its right place in the political scheme of things in the country.
Speaking during his inauguration for a second term in office as President-General of UPU, Aziza said he would work towards repositioning the Urhobo nation to produce the governor of Delta State or at least be king makers that could not be taken for granted.
He said his executive would work hard “to unite the political class to ensure unity of purpose and to work closely with them to strategically reposition our people to take their rightful place in Delta State and at the federal level.
“We will work closely with the federal and state governments to ensure security that is good enough to attract investors to Urhoboland.
“My executive will lobby the government at all levels to ensure that moribund industries located in Urhoboland are revived and properly managed to provide employment for the teeming youths.”
Admonishing the core politicians in the new team, he said: “You must consciously take a decision that will not hurt Urhobo cause. Never again shall we members of the UPU executive willingly trade information or leak discussions about strategic decisions that affect Urhobo nation through direct sale or publication in newspapers for cheap personal gains.
“The December 7, 2013, UPU election is historic, most transparent and credible election process ever witnessed in Nigeria and I must appreciate those who participated in the exercise.
“Urhobo nation has shown a good example to the rest of the country that free, fair and credible elections are indeed achievable.
“This process of selection has produced a formidable team of leadership to run the affairs of the Urhobo people for the next three years. I feel extremely proud of Urhobo people.”
Chairman of the 2013 UPU electoral committee, Mr. Mike Igini, who also spoke during the ceremony, said UPU election was free and fair.