By Tare Youdeowei
Urhobo Youth Employment Initiative, UYEI, has thrown its weight behind Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, describing him as “a sterling performer despite the handicap of limited resources available to his government.”
Addressing newsmen in Effurun, Delta State, yesterday, the group’s spokesperson, Efemena Ikutegbe, said 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.
“What the likes of Great Ogboru and any other Urhobo governorship hopefuls are trying to do in the name of Urhobo is, therefore, contrary to Urhobo culture and constitutes an attempt to whip up ethnic sentiments.”
Noting 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 said: “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.”