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2019: Urhobo group mobilises support for Okowa

BY Kenechukwu Iruomah

An Urhobo youth group, the Urhobo Youth Employment Initiative, UYEI, has thrown its weight behind Delta State Governor, Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, describing the governor as “a sterling performer despite the handicap of limited resources available to his government.”

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Addressing newsmen in Effurun yesterday, the group through its spokesperson, Comrade Efemena Victor Ikutegbe asserted that the Urhobos have a culture of “turn by turn” in which “we rotate positions around all stakeholders, from family to family, quarter to quarter, village to village, clan to clan and kingdom to kingdom, so that at the end of the day, everyone is carried along and given a sense of belonging.”

According to the group, “what the likes of Great Ogboru and any other Urhobo governorship hopefuls are trying to do in the name of Urhobo is therefore highly contrary to Urhobo culture and constitutes a morally bankrupt attempt to whip up ethnic jingoism and irredentist tendencies.”

Pointing out that the Urhobos ruled the state for eight years and then handed over to Delta South which also ruled for another eight years, the group insisted that “it is only fair and indeed in perfect consonance with Urhobo culture for Delta North to be allowed to rule for eight years, no more, no less.”

While describing the opposition in Delta as “mainly made up of greedy men with a highly monetized concept of politics” the group claimed that “Deltans cannot trust an opposition candidate from Anioma to complete the turn of Delta North from 2019 to 2023 because knowing Nigerian politicians for what they are, such person will naturally want to be greedy and insist on second term in which case Delta North will end up doing twelve years which we consider unfair and unacceptable.”

While noting that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had “performed creditably well with numerous programs targeted at the grassroots and youth employment” the group insisted that “what is best for all Deltans is for Okowa to be supported for a second term in order to complete the turn of Delta North before it rotates back to Urhobo again in 2023.”


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