The Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, led by Chief Joe Omene, has condemned the manner the National Assembly was going about the restructuring of the country, saying “The issue of restructuring has assumed a revolutionary dimension and the NASS must be extra careful with such ‘time bomb’ to avoid serious political crisis to our already recessed economy.”
UPU in a statement by its President General, Chief Omene and Duncan Eghweree, Publicity Secretary, after a crucial meeting to review the state of the nation, particularly the Urhobo nation, “Called on Nigerians to be weary of the way they comment on the health of our president who is currently receiving treatment abroad. In as much as Nigerians deserve to know the state of the health of Mr President, we should not be tired of praying for his recovery, as a sick President will affect the health of the country too.”
UPU also used the opportunity to review the crisis in the union whereby NEC restates her commitments to the Urhobo people and called the interlopers to the leadership of Urhobo to call themselves to order.
However, the union said it “Believed that Urhobo will come out of these crises stronger, because the average Urhobo person is already aware of the selfish genesis of the crises, particularly now that Chief Moses Taiga has not been able to file a counter claim at the Federal High Court where his so-called election on January 2, 2017 after the constitutional congresses were concluded on December 2, 2016 that was held in accordance with the provisions of the UPU constitution, was challenged.
The statement said, “ It is on records that no one has challenged the elections of Chief Omene led NEC eight months after they came on board, but the election they conducted by a non existing BoT was challenged, and they have not been able to file counter claims to the suit filed against such illegality, clearly six months after they were served papers from Federal High Court sitting in Warri.” Chief Omene however, called on all Urhobo both at home and abroad to maintain their calm since peace was sure of returning to the Urhobo nation at large.
As for the election of youth wing of UPU, the President General said that UPU does not recognise any Ighele group besides the one currently led by Ovie Igho, adding that any other person or group of persons parading themselves are only causing trouble.
“But one thing they must know is that no one is a monopoly of crisis. We have avoided them enough. And stretching their hands to the Ighele body, we cannot guarantee the embarrassments they could get from such attempts.”
The UPU also expressed gratitude to the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Chief William Makinde for harking “To our request over the parameter fencing of UPU Uvwiamuge. It will be recalled, in August 2016, the President General, Chief Joe Omene led a high powered delegation to Dr Makinde in office at Warri, and made the specific request for the parameters fencing of UPU headquarters at Uvwiamuge.
“To this, Chief Makinde promised to put it in the budget and almost immediately, he directed the Director of Infrastructure to be shown the boundaries to that property and we took them round to establish all the pillars.
“Our happiness today is that the project has began, and we however, appeal that it be completed in time too. We must therefore, express our gratitude to Chief Makinde for his efforts thus far,” the statement added.