…says decision was demonic and for selfish reasons
The chairman of the Interim Committee, of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Chief Gabriel Ofotokun, on Saturday stated that the decision of the Chief Joe Omene led UPU to place sanction on some prominent Urhobo politicians ahead of 2015 election was a personal decision of Chief Omene and his group.
Ofotukun stated this in an address when the new UPU leadership paid a reconciliatory visit to home of the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Monday Igbuya, adding that some individuals orchestrated the excommunication of the politicians for their selfish reasons.
He added that the Urhobo never at any time took decision to sanction its best politicians, stressing that if you excommunicate you first eleven from a game you will defiantly loss as your opponent will come with their best hand.
It would be recalled that in the build up to the 2015 general election, the Omene led UPU sanctioned the Senator Representing Delta Central, Senator Ighoyota Amori, Delta State Speaker, Hon Monday Igbuya, former Minister of Information, Prof. Sam Oyoubaire, Hon Evelyn Oboro and Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, for allegedly working against Urhobo political interest.
Lifting the sanction Chief Ofotokun noted that; “there was no time we took decision to excommunicate you and others. It was done for personal reasons. There is nothing like excommunication. It was a demonic opinion of certain individuals.
“We are going to address a press conference. I repeat; there was no time we excommunicated our first eleven. If you excommunicate your first eleven, who are you going to use to achieve result? If we need anything from the Delta State House of Assembly today, we need to see you. God has done it for Urhobo. Our son is the Speaker of the House,” he said.
Ofotokun told the Speaker that the expulsion order has been repeal by the president general of the various Urhobo communities as it was done in bad faith.
“Since the so-called wise men purportedly excommunicated you, can they ask you to support the Urhobo nation? The answer is no. Senator Ighoyota Amori is representing Urhobo at the senate. If he is said to be excommunicated, how do you go to the senate to ask for something? Where do we go from here?
Describing those behind the evil agenda as brainless and demonic, Ofotokun expressed optimism that the union would not have issues like these again.
“You are a great man. God made you for a time like this. We are very proud of you. It is not easy to be Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly. Our aim of coming is to discuss the way forward for the apex organization of Urhobo nation, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).”