Amos Osigidi, a Niger Delta youth leader and former National President of the Urhobo Youth Empowerment Forum, has labeled those criticizing the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, for endorsing Olorogun David Edevbie as its preferred Urhobo candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primaries in 2023 as enemies of the Urhobo nation.
In a statement, Osigidi reprimanded those who refused the endorsement, calling their actions an insult to the Urhobo people.
He said: “Their criticism is an affront on us all as a nation. This betrayal and ‘pull-him-down’ attitude of few disgruntled elements must stop. We will not condone this rascality and disrespect for elders of Urhobo nation.
“This is not the first time UPU is endorsing Urhobo candidates for Governorship position in Delta State. In 2014, they did the same thing. I remember vividly during UPU 90th Anniversary celebration last year, Gov. Okowa categorically urged the Olorogun Moses Taiga led body to prune down the number of aspirants from Delta central. So what has UPU done wrong?
“Even Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was endorsed by the Anioma Leaders of Thoughts prior to the 2015 general election over other notable aspirants from Delta North”
“As a father of many children who knows the capacity of each child, would you allow outsiders to dictate which of them to be sent to perform a particular task?”
“For those criticising the endorsement of UPU, they should know that the gods are wiser than humans. If they don’t retrace their steps, the gods will fight against them anytime they introduce themselves as Urhobo sons and daughters.”
“This is why I will always respect our Ijaw and Itsekiri brothers. They will never kick against or fight their leaders openly.”
Whatever the decision of their leaders, it is binding on them all. Even the Hausas will never do such”.