Urhobo Youths Reject Edevbie Endorsement.
The Coalition of Urhobo Youths (CUY) yesterday criticised the Urhobo Progress Union’s (UPU) endorsement of Chief David Edevbie as the choice of Urhobo people for the Delta State governorship contest and urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to shun the endorsement.
According to the state’s natural zoning arrangement, the Urhobo, who live in the Delta central senatorial district, are scheduled to produce the state governor in 2023.
Trouble began over the weekend, however, when UPU President-General Olorogun Moses Taiga and other union leaders announced their support for Edevbie as the Urhobo option for governor, and went on to authorize advertisements in national dailies to that effect.
Yesterday, the Chairman of CUY, Isaac Omomedia, addressed a media conference attended by other group leaders, including Olorogun Vincent Oyibode (coordinator); Chief Samuel Oghotomo, representing Urhobo Youth Leaders Association; and Engho Godspower, representing Urhobo Youth Council.
They urged members of the coalition, which included the Urhobo Youth Leaders Association (UYLA), the Urhobo Youth Council (UYC), the Urhobo National Youth Movement (UNYM), HOSTCOM Youths, Ex Agitators, and the UPU youth wing, to reject the endorsement, describing the UPU executive, led by Moses Taiga, as “selfish and greedy people.”
The coalition emphasized that the UPU is not a political party and should not meddle in the PDP’s internal matters. As a result, they encouraged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to dismiss the Taiga-led UPU’s backing.