Urhobo will vote massively for Okowa says Okumagba

WARRI – Urhobo ethnic nationa
lities from the Twenty-Four kingdoms have been urged to vote massively for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the second term to enable him to perfect the good works he is doing.

Director-General of Urhobo Progressive Network, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba who made the call when he spoke with Daily Independent in Warri stressed that Urhobo, the fifth (5th) largest ethnic nationality in the country, knows what is good for them, saying that moves made by opposite people to rubbish the Governor’s good works will not augur well for the state.

“We must stand for good governance and no effort will be spared to mobilise massive campaign to bring back the Governor for the second term,” Chief Okumagba said.

According to the group, “We know that (Urhobos) are the largest ethnic nationality in the state and, we don’t want to marginalise other ethnic groups in the state. Hence we are supporting the present leadership from Delta North Senatorial District to complete their two tenure of eight years.

According to him, the rotation system should be adhered to strictly, adding, “Delta Central Senatorial District had their turn of eight years through Chief James Ibori, Delta South also took turn through Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan while Delta North where the present Governor comes from should be allowed to finish their two-tenure of eight years”.

Asked why the group decided to abandon their son, Chief Great Ogboru who is also an Urhobo, Chief Okumagba, explained that the network does not operate on an ethnic basis, rather, it operates on due process and laid down rules and regulation.

“We do not need to consult anybody on who to support, but whoever has the capability to contest should show it because we don’t believe in sentiment.

“Besides, we are also interested in other offices and, we must give the opportunity to others to come up because we know that the Governorship will come back to us after Okowa second tenure”, explained Chief Okumagba.

He, however, clarified that membership of the group cuts across the 24 Urhobo kingdoms, adding “We are not PDP appendage.”

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