Chief Joe Omene is the President Normal of Urhobo Development Union. On this interview with Forefront he dwelt on a number of arguable problems surrounding the hot nationwide congress of the union, his re-emergence as PG amongst different problems.Excerpt:The cases main in your contemporary re-election as President Normal of the Urhobo Modern Union is recently producing critical controversy, what do it’s important to say?
Let me get started through pronouncing that no person, regardless of how wealthy or how extremely hooked up can smash the Urhobo country. We’re intact. The ones condemning my re-election are the similar who sought after to frustrate the simply concluded Nationwide Congress of the Urhobo Development Union, UPU. A few of them stated they sought after to rule UPU, however they forgot to grasp that no person can take over the management of UPU through drive.
They’ve been seeking to smash the socio-political fortune of UPU. This time they even went forward to rent thugs or even were given the cooperation of a few safety officers, of their bid to derail the nationwide congress and the election which came about on a Friday. How can one say he’s Urhobo and loves Urhobo country but he’s going forward to rent thugs to derail the Urhobo Nationwide Congress?
So how did the congress move?
The charter of UPU supplies that the existence span of the nationwide government committee is 3 years and my first tenure simply ended and the charter stipulates that the election to fill the workplaces of the nationwide government committee should be held in the yearly Nationwide congress and that’s what came about just lately. So we adopted due procedure. First, a three-month realize was once printed as constitutionally equipped for, ahead of it came about.
The police, on the other hand, barricaded the doorway into the Urhobo Space in Uvwiamuge, venue of the congress, so we shifted to the Okere-Urhobo Space in Warri and on getting there, the police additionally barricaded it. Once we came upon that they have been irritating us, we moved the congress to Mosogar in Ethiope West LGA the place there’s a giant and a conducive civic middle to do the congress, and it was once performed there in Mosogar Civic Middle. The election was once additionally performed there. It was once the reception that was once performed in my nation house.
Was once it constitutional for the congress to carry in Mosogar Civic Centre?
We should abide through the UPU Charter in the entirety we’re doing. Article eight segment 1(a) of the Charter is apparent at the factor of venue of the yearly nationwide congress of UPU. That provision states that “The election of the nationwide officials shall happen handiest at an annual Urhobo Nationwide Congress at a venue designed for that function through the Nationwide Govt Council…” Earlier than the congress, I headed the nationwide government council and after the election, I stay the top of the nationwide government council, and the entirety has been neatly with UPU.
So how have been you re-elected?
Once more, the UPU Charter empowers the nationwide exco to display the contestants. Alternatively, since I used to be re-contesting for the placement of PG I deemed it are compatible to not display my co-contestants to steer clear of grievance. So we inaugurated a four-man election committee, and we advised them to stick strictly to the charter. We additionally forwarded the record of the contestants to the committee.
Alternatively, opposite to the provisions of the charter, the Chairman of the committee went forward to transparent non-financial individuals of UPU to contest the election, towards the want of the opposite 3 individuals of the committee. As though that was once now not sufficient, he negated the constitutional provision in Article Phase 2 and three of the charter which said that the delegates to the election will have to be elected through the department executives of UPU exco in every of the 22 clans, in addition to the identified energetic branches and sub-branches of UPU outdoor Urhobo land. There have been 22 clans as on the time of the charter. As I discuss, there are 24 clans.
The committee chairman went on and began taking delegate record from the royal fathers, lots of who aren’t economic individuals of UPU, as a substitute of taking the lists that emanated from the UPU department executives within the 24 clans. My exco then queried him however as a substitute of following what the Charter says; he opted to renounce and he resigned however the others completed up the duty in line with the charter and, luckily, the election got here up. Every department internationally despatched 4 delegates to the election, and I used to be re-elected.
You simply stated one of the most royal fathers aren’t individuals of UPU, how do you imply?
UPU is a socio-cultural umbrella frame that governs and protects all of the pursuits of the Urhobo ethnic nationality, even its political pastime. This is why it can’t be separated from politics in Urhobo land. It got here up in 1931 for those functions. It defends the pastime of the Urhobo country within the political scene. Apart from the PG, each different member of UPU is usually a baby-kisser. Each and every Urhobo individual is certified to be a member however handiest economic individuals are constitutionally recognised as individuals. The general public troubling the pastime of Urhobo country these days aren’t economic individuals of UPU.
What then is where of the kings in UPU?
Constitutionally, the Kings handiest play advisory function. They’ve no vote casting proper. They may be able to neither vote nor be voted for. They simply advise us, and it ends there.
However it’s on observe that one of the most kings have constant disagreed along with your exco, why?
The Kings are appointed through executive and executive pay them and dictate to them. In contrast to the kings who most commonly function executive mouth piece to the folks, UPU generally defends the rights of the folks towards the unpopular and obnoxious dictates of the kings and the ones paying them. This is why UPU may be very expensive to the folks.
I listen that there was once a court docket order restraining the habits of the election?
There was once no court docket order. When the case that our warring parties filed towards us got here just lately, the pass judgement on even frowned at a subsidized e-newsletter which they did within the media pronouncing that there was once a restraining court docket order towards the habits of the election. The pass judgement on queried their other folks within the open court docket, pronouncing he by no means made such purported order. We have now even wondered the jurisdiction of the court docket, and the court docket has adjourned to January 17th, 2017 for ruling on its Jurisdiction.
The chairman of the Affiliation of Urhobo Presidents Normal, Dr. Peter Obakponovwe, was once the person who secured the restraining order of the court docket, and he every other group presidents have been absent within the congress and election in Mosogar, but you stated the entire workout went neatly constitutionally, how do you imply?
To start with, for Dr. Obakponovwe to name himself Chairman of Affiliation of Presidents Normal of Urhobo clans is improper as a result of he held the placement when he was once the President Normal of his Agbon Extended family. His tenure as President Normal of Agbon Extended family has lengthy expired and he has since ceased to a President Normal.
As such he’s now not the Chairman of the Presidents Normal. That suggests he’s recently usurping some one’s place.
I listen that there are some pending legislation fits amongst individuals of your government committee?
We have now for lengthy settled our variations. There’s no legislation swimsuit amongst us for now.
I additionally listen segment of Urhobo country is making plans to habits some other election, what do it’s important to say about that?
They can’t do this as it’s going to quantity to illegality. The charter says handiest the President Normal can direct the Nationwide Secretary to name for an Urhobo Annual Nationwide Congress. See Article 10 Phase 7 of the UPU charter. As of now the Nationwide exco is undamaged. Apart from if such other folks wish to name it some other title.