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Published On: Sat, Dec 10th, 2016

UPU Leadership Crisis-Moses Taiga Distance Himself from Omene’s ‘Kangaroo’ Election

Olorogun Moses Taiga

Olorogun Moses Taiga

Urhobo Progress
LAGOS DECEMBER 10TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President-General Candidate in the botched Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) general election, Chief Moses Taiga has distanced himself from the reported ‘Kangaroo’ election conducted by former President-General of UPU, Chief Joe Omene in house at Mosogar, Delta State.
He argued that the election held in Joe Omene’s house at Mosogar on December 2, 2016, is completely illegal and is an act of disrespect to the Urhobo people.

It would be recalled that Joe Omene on December 2, 2016, treated with contempt order of Court injunction and the security personnel posted to the venue of the election to enforce the law as he and his supporters conducted a ‘kangaroo’ UPU general election in his house at Mosogar where he had himself and his supporters elected.
Reacting to the purported election in a statement made available to Urhobotoday online, Taiga denied being part of the ridiculous exercise of holding elections in the private home of one of the candidates for an election from which all his rivals are excluded.
He pointed out that there were ample evidence that many of those candidates to whom votes were allegedly allocated, “including Olorogun Moses Taiga, were NOTPARTICIPANTS in this “KANGOROO” election.
Describing the election held in Joe Omene’s house at Mosogar on December 2, 2016, as completely illegal and an act of disrespect to the traditional norms of Urhobo people, Taiga did not only advised Omene to immediately refrain from such renegade behavior, but he should equally refrain from parading himself as UPU President General as his tenure of office ended on December 5th, 2016.
“I wish to state very clearly that Urhobo people respect their Kings, Etota, Presidents General, Ehweya and Ighele. Joe Omene is waging a war against Urhobo Kings and their kingdoms,” he observed.
Taiga recalled that since he joined the race for the position of President-General of UPU he had visited all the Kings and Regents as well as other significant Stakeholders of Urhobo’s twenty-four Kingdoms, adding that he had addressed the Forum of Presidents-General of the 24 Urhobo Kingdoms, Urhobo women, youth and various associations.
“To each of these audiences, I have elaborated six projects that I seek to carry out in my administration of the UPU, should I be fortunate to be elected as President-General of the Urhobo People and UPU. In summary form, these projects are as follows: (1) Promoting the virtue of respect for Urhobo’s Kings and Urhobo traditions and institutions; (2) redeeming Urhobo cultural Center which has been abandoned; (3) rebuilding and reviving Urhobo College, Effurun; (4) establishing an Urhobo National Mukoro Mowoe University; (5) establishing a Micro-Finance Bank for providing small business loans to Urhobo women; and (6) reviving Trade Centers and Technical Schools in Urhoboland in order to make available to our youths/Ighele opportunities in technical education,” he revealed.
He, however, observed that the campaign of his main rival in the race for President-General of UPU, Joe Omene, was totally the opposite, “ First, there was a total absence of projects in Omene’s campaign. Second, Omene avoided the Kings and Presidents-General of the Kingdoms. Indeed, he publicly antagonized vital constituencies of traditional UPU, including the Kings of Urhoboland. Instead, he set up new UPU structures in each of the Kingdoms, all within two months before the election. In other words, Joe Omene and I were talking to very different constituencies for the same election.”


DETAIL OF OLOROGUN MOSES TAIGA’S STATEMENT BELOW:

Olorogun Moses Taiga
Moses Taiga Mansion
Okpare, Olomu, Urhoboland
Delta State, Nigeria
8 December, 2016

Press Release
I, Olorogun Moses Oghenerume Taiga, am a candidate for the office of President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Urhobo’s 85-year old community organization. Since joining this race in October of this year, I have visited all the Kings and Regents as well as other significant Stakeholders of Urhobo’s twenty-four Kingdoms. I have addressed the Forum of Presidents-General of the 24 Urhobo Kingdoms. I have also addressed Urhobo women, youth and various associations.
To each of these audiences, I have elaborated six projects that I seek to carry out in my administration of the UPU, should I be fortunate to be elected as President-General of the Urhobo People and UPU. In summary form, these projects are as follows: (1) Promoting the virtue of respect for Urhobo’s Kings and Urhobo traditions and institutions; (2) redeeming Urhobo cultural Center which has been abandoned; (3) rebuilding and reviving Urhobo College, Effurun; (4) establishing an Urhobo National Mukoro Mowoe University; (5) establishing a Micro-Finance Bank for providing small business loans to Urhobo women; and (6) reviving Trade Centers and Technical Schools in Urhoboland in order to make available to our youths/Ighele opportunities in technical education.
The campaign of my main rival in the race for President-General of UPU, Joe Omene, was totally the opposite of mine. First, there was a total absence of projects in Omene’s campaign. Second, Omene avoided the Kings and Presidents-General of the Kingdoms. Indeed, he publicly antagonized vital constituencies of traditional UPU, including the Kings of Urhoboland. Instead, he set up new UPU structures in each of the Kingdoms, all within two months before the election. In other words, Joe Omene and I were talking to very different constituencies for the same election.
A few days to the Congress, Joe Omene decreed that the voting delegates shall be his own list of delegates which he composed from the new bodies which he had illegally set up and not the voting delegates from the Kingdoms, which had been in use from time immemorial. For example, it is the same system of selecting voting delegates by the Kings, the Etota and the Presidents-General of the Kingdoms that brought Presidents-General Okumagba, Ibru and Aziza/Omene to power. The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, General O. Obada (rtd.) made it clear that the lists of delegates from the Kingdoms must be signed by their kings to be proper. Joe Omene, as the UPU President-General before the scheduled Congress, took steps to ensure that only his list shall be used even though he was a contesting candidate. He wrote a nasty letter to General Obada to that effect. General Obada, a man of great integrity and experience, decided to resign on the issue of the voting delegates.
Joe Omene made another decision that ran counter to UPU traditions of holding Congresses. He insisted that the elections must be the very first act of the Congress, well before Congress received reports from the President General and his Executive, which is the tradition of UPU Congresses.
Joe Omene was taken to Court on these two issues of delegate selection and the timing of the election. In addition, the qualification of Omene to run for the office of President General was challenged on the grounds that he had been accused by the rest of the UPU Executive of serious acts of misconduct. The Judge considering this matter issued a status quo order in the interim, thereby barring the holding of elections before the case was settled by the Judge.
On December 2, 2016, Joe Omene treated with contempt this order of the Court and the security personnel posted to enforce the law. He and his supporters carried the election to his house at Mosogar where he had himself and his supporters elected. If the term “KANGAROO” elections has an application, it is to this case. Omene selected the voting delegates; he hand-picked the three members of the Electoral Committee, the two senior and neutral members having resigned; he hurriedly moved to his own house to conduct elections from which other candidates were excluded. There was no way people other than his friends and supporters would be aware of the move to Omene’s house at Mosogar for this reckless act of violating rules of decency surrounding democratic elections.
I want to make it abundantly clear that I was not part of this ridiculous exercise of holding elections in the private home of one of the candidates for an election from which all his rivals are excluded. There is ample evidence that many of those candidates to whom votes were allegedly allocated,including Olorogun Moses Taiga,were NOTPARTICIPANTS in this “KANGOROO” election. The election held in Joe Omene’s house at Mosogar on December 2, 2016, is completely illegal and is an act of disrespect to the Urhobo people.
I wish to state very clearly that Urhobo people respect their Kings, Etota, Presidents General, Ehweya and Ighele. Joe Omene is waging a war against Urhobo Kings and their kingdoms. He should refrain from such renegade behavior immediately. And he should refrain himself from parading as Urhobo’s President General; his tenure of office ended on December 5th, 2016.
Thank you, and God bless you.

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