The Urhobo of Warri under aegis of Movement for the Emancipation of Urhobo has warned against the imposition of candidate in the People Democratic Party (PDP) primaries of Warri South Constituency 11 Delta State House of Assembly election in 2019 by some Itsekiri in the corridors of power.
The national Coordinator of the group, Comrade Lucky Ibiri who handed down the warring in a press conference at Otor Orere Headquarters of Okere Urhobo Kingdom Warri, Warri South Local Government last weekend alleged that there are plans by the said PDP Itsekiri members in the corridors of power most of whom he said are in Warri South Constituency 1 to manipulate the PDP primaries of the Warri South Constituency 11 in favour of their (said Itsekiri) sponsored unpopular Urhobo candidate in 2019.
Ibiri who recalled that former governor James Onanefe Ibori while implementing his road map to peace in Warri, after the infamous Warri ethnic crisis, in his wisdom ensured that Warri South Constituency 1 and 11 are represented by the Itsekiris and the Urhobos of Warri respectively at the Delta State House of Assembly, saying that the status quo has remained since the emergence of Hon (Chief) Dennis Omovie, the incumbent member representing Warri Constituency 11 at the Delta State House of Assembly “since then election matters are handled by the two ethnic group in their constituencies without interference by the ethnic groups.
As I speak to you, some Itsekiris in the corridors of power have perfected plans to manipulate the delegates list of PDP primaries in Warri South Constituency 11 for Delta State House of Assembly election in favour of their aspirant who they think they can used against the political interest of the Urhobos of Warri”.
While pledging on behalf of the group of the group to work for the second term of governor Ifeanyi Okowa in 2019 “because of governor Okowa laudable achievements in Warri Urhobo areas and across the state:, Comrade Ibiri appealed to governor Okowa and the PDP leaders in the state to prevail on the said Itsekiris in the corridors of power to steer clear from the Warri South Constituency 11 PDP Delta State House of Assembly primaries in order to avoid avoidable ethnic crisis.
Warning that the group will not accept the alleged imposition of an unpopular Urhobo candidate by the Itsekeris on the Urhobos of Warri in the constituency.