Elections: Okowa’s Aide calls on Urhobo to defend homeland from terrorists
*Alleges threat to life
By Jon Egie
An activist and aide to Gov Okowa on civic orientation, Mr Rex Anighoro has called on Urhobo people to stand and defend the Urhobo nation against the terror of herdsmen and those he described as agents of slave masters who see Urhobo as a conquered people.
At a press briefing held at the God’s Own Hotel, Ughelli; Wednesday, Feb 13, Anighoro said the need for the Feb 16, and March 2, elections to be fair and credible is non-negotiable.
He said the leadership that would emerge from the outcome of the elections would be such that is produced from a democratic process supervised by the INEC and vowed to resist the influence of political merchants on the elections.
“We are firmly resolved to oppose to the last letter, those who are agents of slave masters that see us as a conquered people and therefore call on all Urhobo people to stand and defend the Urhobo nation against the terror of herdsmen.
“We call on the international community, NGOs, foreign and local election observers as well as the civil societies to be alert to the need for free, fair and credible elections.
“We call on the security agencies to ensure that violence is checked and the elections are not rigged by the APC otherwise, they would be seen to have compromised”
He particularly mentioned that should Senator Ovie Omo-Agege win the Feb 16, senate election in Delta central free and fair, “we shall congratulate and celebrate with him” but otherwise, “we shall resist him”.
He alleged that he has personally received threats to his life from members of the opposition party just as the PDP senatorial candidate in Delta central, Barr Evelyn Oboro had earlier alleged but that he has placed his safety and security in the hands of God.
He further alleged that the opposition has perfected plans to cause mayhem during the election so as to destabilize the strongholds of the PDP and hence, stressed the need for the election umpire and relevant authorities to be alive to their responsibilities.