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UPU PG: Barovbe throws weight behind Taiga
By Charles Derie
As the election of the foremost Urhobo social cultural organisation, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), draws near, the Ahwotu of Urhoboland and Proprietor of Westminster College, Lagos, Chief Johnson Barovbe, has thrown his weight behind the incumbent President General, Olorogun Moses Taiga.
In a press statement, Chief Barovbe stated that, Olorogun Taiga remains the best candidate for the position of the President General of UPU. “I supported him during the first election that brought him to power and I am supporting him again. Olorogun Taiga has performed to my expectation. He has fulfilled most of his electoral promises. Under his leadership, the Urhobo Cultural Centre Uvwiamughe, which used to be an eye-sore, is now a beautiful edifice. The micro-finance bank and the Mukoro Mowoe University projects, which he promised, are on-going. More progress will be made during his second term,” Chief Barovbe added.
He also commended Olorogun Taiga for resolving the intractable disunity among Urhobos in the UK. “For a long time, the UPU UK had two factions, but Taiga has been able to unite them. Taiga has also brought respectability to the office of the UPU President General. Did you hear that any politician brought money and bought the UPU over during the last election,” Chief Barovbe asked.
He advised those who are interested in UPU positions to buy the nomination forms and contest instead of engaging in campaigns of calumny. “The elections will hold on the first week of December and is open to all Urhobos. You cannot tell anybody not to put himself up for re-election when the constitution allows it,” Barovbe said.
Meanwhile, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Youth wing in Lagos has expressed surprise over the call by one Chief Godwin Okene on the incumbent President General of UPU Worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, not to seek re-election.
In a statement by the UPU Youth President Lagos branch, Chief Austin Ojameruaye, described the call as selfish and meant to deceive people and give himself or his sponsors’ undue advantage in the forthcoming UPU election.
Ojemeruaye said Okene and his likes are cowered by Olorogun Taiga’s towering stature and feel the only way to stop him from getting re-elected was to engage in a campaign of deceit and calumny. He challenged Okene “to go and pick a nomination and test his popularity on December 6, 2019.”