By Jon Egie
Ahead of the 2015 political year, the Urhobo people have been called upon to unite under one voice that can be heard and able to command the political direction of the Urhobo nation.
President of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Ozoro branch, Mr Odjede Johnson made the call during the occasion of the celebration of the 2012 end of year party of the UPU held at the Opute nursery and primary schools premises, Ozoro; Sunday Feb 24.
He stressed that disunity has been the bane behind the political misadventures of the Urhobo nation in recent times and hence pledged to continue to liaise with the leadership of the UPU at the national level to fortify strategies aimed at consolidating the unity of the Urhobo nation to speak with one voice.
Mr Odjede also called on the Isoko people to be united so as to achieve their set goals. He described as “very cordial” the relationship that exists between the members of the UPU in Ozoro and the Isoko people.
According to him, the Urhobo people enjoy every minute of their stay in Isoko land as the Isoko people have accepted them as partners in progress.
“Our members cooperate with the political ambition of Isoko people and in fact, some of us have been actively involved in the fulfillment of their political dreams.
“We also contribute immensely to the economic development of Isoko land as most of us have businesses and properties here in Isoko land”.
As a reciprocal to the cordial relationship the Urhobo enjoy, the UPU leader in Ozoro said ordinarily, “we will love to stay here as long as possible because our level of coexistence is very high.
He particularly gave thanks to the traditional ruler of Ozoro, HRM Barr Anthony Ogbogbo who has made their stay peaceful and fruitful.
He said the UPU in Ozoro will continue to cross fertilize ideas with the Gen Patrick Aziza led national exco of the UPU on the way forward for the Urhobo nation.
“So far, our mobilization effort has resulted in increased number of membership from 32 last year to 49 this year. Our women are not left out in this at least in realization of gender consideration at all ramifications.
The ceremony witnessed merriment and dancing by the UPU members in Ozoro to live tunes of Urhobo music.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion were: Engr Ozah Emmanuel (Chairman of the occasion), Chief James Okparabenyo, Barr Ese Agari, Comrade Akusu David, Awhonemuphia Saviour, Eyimosa Glory, Comrade Adhe Emmanuel (Delta state NUT Chairman) who was represented and Rev Fr. Ejedegba Clement, Parish Priest of St Felix Catholic Church, Oghareki.
Engr Bright Abenabe abd Mr John Ahon led members of the Ighele social club based in Ughelli to spice the occasion.
Also present at the occasion were executive members of the UPU in Ozoro namely: Mr Odjede Johnson (President), Mr Oghojafor M. (Vice President), Comrade Edoso T.J., (Treasurer) ,Comrade Toma R.A.,(Secretary), Mr Pastor Partick (Spokesman), Mr Onojeguo B (Social Organiser), Mr Osia J. (PRO), Mr Otarhokpkpo G (Chief Whip) and Mr Wanogho D (Patron).