High Chief of Orerokpe, headquarters of Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State, and one of the founding members of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Chief Oghenemaro Opute, has called for quick reconciliation of all aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state as the panacea to ensuring Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s success in the forthcoming polls.
While soliciting the support of all Urhobo sons and daughters at a press briefing in Abuja, he said: “The threat that UPU has instructed the Urhobo people to vote against Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and the PDP in all strata of 2015 elections is now being rubbished by the day.
“And that is not a surprise; last week, PDP stakeholders in Abraka kingdom in Ethiope East local government area of Delta State reassured the party’s governorship candidate, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, and other candidates of the party of massive vote during the 2015 general elections.”
On the need for all PDP members in the state to rally around the PDP gubernatorial candidate, he added: “For taking a brazen position during the last PDP gubernatorial primary in Delta State, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has not only abandoned its real role but has opened itself to public odium and ridicule.
“Actually, this is a betrayal of all Urhobo sons and daughters. Now, instead of the UPU leaders taking responsibilities for the fall out of their inappropriate actions, they have turned around to start seeking for saboteurs where none may exist”.
Opute admitted that as an elder who has been in the fore-front of UPU activities for years, he stands on the moral high ground to say that the UPU is not a political party, adding instead that it is a socio-cultural organisation set up to protect the interests of all Urhobo people wherever they may be and despite their political party affiliations.