A GROUP, Urhobo Renewal Initiative, URI, has said that the counter directive by some highly respected personalities and kings to suspend the duly and constitutionally backed executives of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, led by Chief Joe Omene as its President General, remains invalid, null and void.
It said that the kings’ setting up of a caretaker committee, led by Chief Gabriel Ofotokun, to stop the activities of Chief Omene, was the source of UPU problems which had created serious regulatory risks across the entire Urhobo nation.
In a statement by its Coordinator, Oghenebrume David, the group said that sections 32, 33 and 37 of the 1965 constitution of the union, as amended, which dwell more on how to unseat or impeach serving members of UPU that had been duly elected, appointed and or co-opted, do not allow for personalities and royal fathers to suspend a duly elected executive.
The group explained that as true and unbiased sons and daughters of Urhobo, the UPU constitution does not in any of its articles empower any other group, or individuals the right to make a binding pronouncement on duly elected officers of UPU.
The group suggested a holistic probe into the previous activities and decisions reached by the Chief Omene led UPU executive.