By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—AN Ijaw leader in Delta State, Chief Favour Izoukumor, has charged the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, to stop “foisting its will on the Urhobo nation during elections,” saying that the body’s attitude in past elections had robbed the ethnic group of its relevance in the politics of the state.
Chief Izoukumor, the Fie-Owie of Ogbe-Ijoh Kingdom, in Warri, where he examined the current political situation in the state against the stance of the UPU, particularly on the choice of a governorship candidate, said: “I sincerely empathise with the Urhobo over their marginalisation. They are not getting their due share from both the state and federal governments considering the large votes they pull during elections.
“I however, think that the marginalisation is self inflicted. Modern politics have gone beyond foisting the will of a union on millions of people to support a particular candidate. If the candidate fails, the whole of Urhobo fails.”