The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Delta Central Chapter, has called on the apex body of the Urhobo Socio Cultural Organisation, UPU, to backtrack and rescind the recent endorsement of Olorogun David Edevwie, one of the 2023 governorship aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party PDP, in the interest of unity and love.
The statement signed by all the eight local government chairmen that made up Delta Central, Hon. Richard Kofi, Ughelli South Local Government Chairman, Hon. Godwin Adode, Ughelli North Local Government Chairman, Hon. Jite Brown, Udu Local Government Area, Hon. Ramson Onoyake, Uvwie Local Government.
Others include, Hon. Eugene Inuaghan, Sapele Local Government, Hon. Isaiah Esiovwa, Hon. Victor Ofobrukueta, Ethiope East and Hon. Oghenedoro Owoso.
The statement read in parts, “our attention has been drawn to an advertorial published by the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU on page 9 of the Sunday 17th edition of the Vanguard Newspaper titled, “Our Stand; Our Choice”.
“We want to respond accordingly; it is clear from the advertorial which is also being circulated in the mainstream and social media that the current leadership of the UPU is being misguided.
“Our reaction therefore is to guide and passionately appeal to the UPU leadership, whose primary duty is to promote the culture and tradition of the Urhobo people to strictly adhere to the vision and mission of the founding fathers.
“Without priding ourselves, Local Government Council Chairmen who are the key political stakeholders, especially at the grassroots, which is the basic foundation of any political endeavour were not consulted or carried along.
“If we as Local Government Council Chairmen were carried along in this decision, we would have offered our candid advice and perhaps avert this adoption of one aspirant amongst other qualified sons of Urhobo nation.
“We have been following the political development in Delta State from 1999 till date, and in the build up to the forthcoming 2023 general election with keen interest.
“We are not happy with the decision of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU the apex socio-cultural body of Urhobo people to adopt any aspirant as the preferred candidate of the Urhobo ethnic nationality whereas we have other Urhobo sons also contesting the gubernatorial election in Delta State.
“Wisdom would have thought us from history that the UPU coming out to adopt one aspirant as its candidate against others have never ended well and therefore should be discouraged in its entirety.