UGHELLIâ€”NATIONAL Chairman of Urhobo Political Congress, UPC, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, weekend, decried the poor representation of the Urhobo ethnic nationality at the forthcoming national conference.
Omo-Agege, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of UPC, Dr. Ebenezer Okorodudu, said: â€œWe condemn in its totality, the obvious plans to deprive the good and peace loving people of Urhobo nation of effective representation at the national conference.
â€œUPC commends the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for accepting the nomination of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Prof. G. G Darah, an erudite scholar of international repute. UPC takes exception to the fact that as it is now, Urhobo nation, which is the fifth largest ethnic group in Nigeria and second largest ethnic group in the South-South, is only represented by one person.
â€œIt is sad to note that despite the vast array of resourceful persons amongst the Urhobo, who have made their marks in various walks of life, none could be considered for nomination. More pathetic is the fact that despite being the second largest ethnic nationality in the South-South, we were not also accommodated in the 15 slots given to the zone.
â€œWe make bold to state that the essence of the national conference is to address the inherent injustice in our country. A conference built on a foundation of injustice cannot deliver on the mandate of addressing injustice in our political system.
â€œThis nomination has further compounded the pains of the Urhobo people occasioned by the political structural defects of the Nigerian state, where with a population strength of about three million people, which is more populous than some states of the federation, the Urhobo nation has only eight local governments, three members of the House of Representatives and one in the Senate while other smaller ethnic nationalities have more.â€