- Published on Monday, 10 September 2012 15:27
- Written by Henry Ebireri
Okpe Union Worldwide has added a weighty voice to the growing clamour against the poor state of Okpe kingdom, particularly Sapele town and Orerokpe by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) administration in Delta State. The union however urged the PDP administration to commit itself to delivery of democracy dividends.
The union in a response to what it considers as the neglect of Okpe kingdom by the state government and some Okpe leaders in its August general meeting listed for discussion the abandoned Sapele Market, uncompleted Sapele Stadium, burnt Orodje Market, abandoned Sapele Polytechnic project, abandoned Okuodede-Ugborhen Road, flood occasioned by downpour in Sapele, return of public schools in Okpe land to missions, poor roads in Okpe and others.
But the union in a fresh move Monday is saying everything must be done to address the poor state of development of the kingdom.
In a statement issued by the Secretary General of Okpe Union Worldwide, Mr. Henry Ebireri, the union said any reasonable person especially those who are privileged to be in position of authority would want to be on the side of the people.
The union, while dismissing Uduaghan’s leadership style, appealed to him to change his attitude towards governance and also perform for the interest of the people and the state.
“We believe that there is need for positive action to move Okpe kingdom and the state forward “.
“Five years on, the governor and leaders of the PDP in Okpe kingdom have not been able to address the issue of abandoned projects in the kingdom. The way they are going, they may not get through with ongoing projects and those in the pipeline before 2015”.
The Union vowed to write the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute contractors and officials behind abandoned projects in the kingdom.
It reiterated its calls for the pulling out of the case against Sapele Okpe Community from court to enable the leaders conduct election into the executive offices of the community, unite the people and ensure the emergence of a leadership that will work towards repositioning the body and the community.
It further accused Sir Vincent Ekariko, Chief Diamond Abeke, Chief Sunday Temiagin, Chief Fredrick Ebah, Chief Ekama Ayomanor, Mr. Monday Obire, Hon Bright Jebbah, Mr. Sunday Akoko, Mr. America Ayomanor, Mr. Bright Ogodo and Michael Egbejule of trying to tear down a body which fights for the rights of the people of Sapele.
“What we have objected to and we shall continue to object is for those facing corruption charges to perpetuate themselves in power. We shall not accept that.” The union said.