NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Delta guber elections: Urhobo candidates head for resounding defeat, UPU warned

By Nelson Dafe, Benin on 05/03/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,615


The pan-Urhobo socio-political organization of Delta State, Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), has been advised to get its acts together if it hopes to see its desire of having an Urhobo person as governor for Delta State becoming a reality.

In a paper titled ‘The UPU and comedy of errors’, a copy of which was made available to News Express, a Benin city-based legal practitioner, Al Mustafa Dafe faulted the UPU's approach in backing an Urhobo candidate for the number one political seat of Delta state.

The UPU, in 2014, devised a political plan known as the "Uvwiamughe declaration" in which it pledged support for any political party which presented an Urhobo candidate for Delta state's gubernatorial elections.

But Dafe says the plan was "flawed in its conception, delivery and execution leaving many details to chance and sheer luck."

He opined that the UPU did not bargain for a scenario in which two of its sons would be presented by two political parties for the governorship elections at the same time.

"While not wanting to sound judgemental, given the variables on ground and in the absence of a strong consensus, the two Urhobo candidates for the forthcoming governorship elections, Chief O'tega Emerho of the All Progressives Party (APC) and chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party (LP) are heading for a resounding electoral disaster. If this happens, the UPU stands the risk of political self-annihilation and a gradual eroding of her spheres of influence in the political space of Delta state," Dafe warned.

The lawyer criticized the UPU over what he called the "unilateral command to be enforced by all and sundry" without carrying out a proper self-critique on itself.

“The peculiar politics of Delta state has shown that for power to be realizable no one ethnic group can go it alone irrespective of the others.True, the Urhobos possess an intimidating majority, but the question is was that enough to flaunt before the other tribes, who are bound to see such moves as the antics of an Urhobo oligarchy bent on sheer dominance.

“What effort, apart from sheer ethnic zeal, prompted the UPU to commit this regrettable error? Surely for a populous and assertive tribe as the Urhobos any unilateral declaration like the Uvwiamughe is bound to instil some apprehension into the hearts of neighbours it hopes to partner and elicit resentments," Dafe argued.

In order for the UPU to be relevant as a political force in Delta state, Mr Dafe advised it to "articulate a coherent power sharing agenda that would allay the fears of domination of the other ethnic nationalities in the state."

He added that the UPU "has to revive old alliance with its neighbours, North and South if the divide and even beyond the state to plead sympathy for its cause."

He also urged the Urhobo body to "re-engage with traditional rivals in new ways as to reassure them and bring out the best of both worlds."

Photo shows Al Mustapha Dafe.

Source News Express

Posted 05/03/2015 02:33:53 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Explosion destroys missionary school in Umuahia

Court grants policeman, 3 fishermen bail over kidnap...

Nwobodo, Ekwunife, others dump PDP for APC

Controversy trails AGF’s statement on Maritime University

Ex-naval chief seeks revival of Nigerian National Shipping...

500,000 mercenaries to vote in Aug. 9 Osun...

Police rescues 163 victims, arrests 636 suspects

Man organises father’s kidnap, collects ransom

How Kano Pillars star Chinedu Udoji died in...

BREAKING NEWS: Etisalat changes name to 9mobile

Ex-DSS boss dies after protracted illness

Senate rejects Buhari’s request for $29.6bn external borrowing...

 

Latest News UBA shareholders approve N22.23bn dividend for 2017 Lawmaker loses 10 family members in road accident Drug Abuse: Over two million bottles of codeine consumed daily in Kano Protesters storm Melaye's residence as security operatives invade premises 2018 budget: MDAs have complied with FG’s directives –Akabueze …Says 2019 elections won’t affect implementation Dangote Cement appoints Makoju Managing Director/CEO Atiku to unveil agenda for Nigeria Wednesday JOHESU Strike: FG sets up committee to review unions’ demand Sex for marks: OAU asks Monica Osagie, to appear before panel Tuesday Ekiti 2018: Buhari grants Fayemi leave of absence as minister Zamfara Govt. increases corps members’ allowance ahead of 2019 elections Hope rises for increased power supply as TCN inaugurates 100MVA transformer

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (339,641 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (334,630 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (267,774 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (220,187 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (202,100 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (198,102 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (172,837 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (155,196 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (147,122 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (139,030 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (136,896 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (129,583 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (36) Business & Economy (3,069) Business Verdict (40) Columnists (836) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (483) Features (569) Global Business Monitor (264) International (1,924) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (116) News (34,704) Opinion (916) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,808) Religion (723) Sports (1,484) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

NLNG Science and Literature Prize Awards

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement