UPM is an integral part of PDP – Ominimini
By Jon Egie
National chairman of the Urhobo Political Movement (UPM), Chief Obuiwevbi Ominimini, has said that the group is an integral part of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State.
Chief Ominimini made the assertion when a governorship hopeful, Mr. Johnson Ossai Opone consulted the group on his aspiration recently.
Explaining the bounds of the UPM, Chief Ominimini said the UPM has the core interest of Delta State at heart and hence the group cuts across the eleven Urhobo speaking local government areas in the state, adding that no decision can be taken in the PDP without the input of leaders of the UPM.
“Our major interest is to produce a credible governor for Delta State in 2015, we in UPM are deeply rooted in PDP. PDP in Delta State cannot be complete without the UPM. We have a large number of the delegates that will go for the governorship primary election. We are over 218 delegates and we have decided that no vote will go outside our unanimous decision. They will be tied enblock. In the first instance, we have decided to vote enmasse for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015”, he posited.
Earlier, the governorship aspirant, Johnson Ossai Opone, said he is a card carrying member of the PDP since 1999. He said PDP leaders from Delta North, Delta South and Delta Central asked him to join the race to be able to serve Delta State, “and I accepted the call”.
Stating a catalogue of what he intends to do to transform Delta State if he became governor, Mr. Opone said, “I want to be your chief servant and not a master”.
Responding on behalf of the UPM, Chief Godwin Ogbetuo who is the chairman of the UPM caucus said the fear of evil is fear itself.
“We welcome you, we will want to work with you. If we tell you that you are our candidate we deceive you. We will go into the caucus and listen to you again. We have not shifted our focus of looking for a credible governor for Delta State in 2015. We want you to dig deep, climb the mountain and when you call on us we will be there. We do not need to doubt what you can do, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. Example are better than precepts. You cannot ask for fish and we give you a snake. What you ask for is now given to you”, he stated.