By Gab Ejuwa
BRANCH presidents of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, in the 24 kingdoms of Urhoboland, yesterday, warned against politicising the UPU and condemned the purported January 2, 2017, election, held at Uvwiamuge, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The branch presidents also urged those involved in the conduct of the election not to use UPU as a sacrificial lamb for any political party to achieve its selfish interest in the 2019 general elections.
In a statement by the branch presidents, Okparamidevi Davidson (Agbon), David Sajere (Okpe), Alex Orevworuemu (Olomu), Jessa Harrison (Oruarivie), Raphael Itseker (Uvwie), Efemeya Ayo (Idjerhe) and others, it said that the convener of the election has no authority to summon congress without the consent of Chief Joe Omene-led UPU in line with article 8 (1a) of the union’s constitution.
The statement said the Urhobo Annual National Congress is held only 1st week, December, where elections into elective offices are conducted and not January 2 as purportedly conducted.
The statement said, “the election of January 2 did not take into consideration Article 5, section 1 and 4 of UPU constitution, which provides that in any election, a panel of five persons has to be set up by the NEC of UPU but rather the NEC or the UPU President General was never consulted on the illegal congress.
“In article 5 (A, 1-4), In the composition of the Annual Urhobo National Congress shall consist of regular members of the National Executive Council and Council of UPU representatives and 20 members from each of the 24 kingdoms selected by UPU executive of each clan and recogniaed sub branches of UPU, this was also not complied with.”