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Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

Omene Remains President-General of UPU as Urhobo Monarch, Leaders Agree to Settle Out of Court

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LAGOS JULY 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-The leadership crisis in the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU has finally been laid to rest with the Reconciliation Committee set up by concerned Urhobo leaders and endorsed by Urhobo monarchs and leaders of thought, recommending that Chief Engr Joe Omene and his entire Exco remaining in office till December 2016 when the congress shall hold to elect new leaders. The Reconciliation committee also endorsed the out of court settlements already brokered by the committee and filed at the Federal High Court, Warri to put an end to litigations over the UPU leadership, urging Chief Joe Omene to, in the spirit of reconciliation, withdraw the matter from court.
The committee report was presented to the Urhobo nation on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at Agbarho Town hall with members of the committee, including General E.O Obada, OFR, OON, Chairman; Bishop Vincent Muoghereh JP, Archbishop Solomon Gbakara, Chief Macaulay Ovwagbedia, Prof Temi Akporhonor and others in attendance.
Presenting the recommendations of the committee, General Obada disclosed that amongst the terms of reference for the committee were for the committee to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the crisis, reconcile all the factions, proffer solutions to avoid future re-occurrences of this type of crisis, and deal with any other matter incidental to the crisis.
At the end, having met separately with Chief Joe Omene-led Exco, Chief Gabriel Ofotokun-led interim Exco, Urhobo Traditional rulers, Presidents General of Urhobo kingdoms, association of Urhobo Professors, Forum of Urhobo Elders and leaders, Urhobo Social Club, Lagos, Urhobo Historical Society, Chief Austin Uloho and Chief Joe Asah who resigned from the UPU Exco, the committee recommended that Chief Joe Omene and his Exco should remain in office till December 2016, urging him to end litigations by withdrawing the matter from the court, while asking other factions of UPU as well as the interim Exco led by Chief Gabriel Ofotokun to step down. The committee also recommended that the existing UPU constitution should subsist until a new Exco is in place to embark on review of the constitution.
The committee also called on the UPU Exco to stay within the initial aims and objectives of the UPU as envisaged by the founding fathers, rather than involving themselves in partisan politics.
The recommendations were adopted following a motion moved by Chief G.O Ogbetuo and seconded by Chief Mrs Evelyn Owhojeheri.
Meanwhile, the terms of out of court settlement, agreed upon by the claimants, including Chief Joe Omene and Chief Mike Ederhewhevwe for themselves and the National Exco of UPU and the defendants including HRM Ovie Richard L. Ogbon, Ogoni Oghoro 1, the Owhorode of Olomu, Chief Peter Obakponovwe and Chief Gabriel Ofotokun, has been filed at the Federal High Court, Warri since July 14, 2016 to signal end to litigations on this thorny matter of UPU leadership.
The settlement deal stipulates that ‘’the defendants herein agreed to revert to the status quo amte bellium and it is hereby mutually agreed that the plaintiff’s (Chief Joe Omene) led National Executive
Committee of the Urhobo Progress Union shall continue to run their three years tenure which shall expire in December, 2016 in accordance and in keeping with the UPU constitution’’.
The terms of settlement was signed by Chief Joe Omene, Chief Mike Ederhewhevwe, Chief Chike Onyemenam, counsel to the plaintiff; HRM Ovie R.L Ogbon Ogoni Oghoro 1, Owhorode of Olomu of Olomu Kingdom, Chief Peter Obakponovwe, Emmanuel Pippa, Counsel to Defendants.
However, Chief Gabriel Ofotokun did not sign. Witnesses to the agreement include General E. O Obada and Rt REvd Vincent Muoghereh on behalf of the reconciliation committee.
Responding on behalf of the UPU Exco during the Agbarho meeting, President General of UPU, Chief Engr Joe Omene thanked the Urhobo leaders and the reconciliation committee for their efforts at putting the UPU crisis behind so as to move Urhobo forward. He agreed to abide by the recommendations, work with all interest groups, and give due respect and regards to Urhobo traditional rulers in all his dealings with Urhobo people and neighbours. He pledged total commitment to the
Urhobo cause, describing the crisis as most unfortunate, stressing that with the settlement, Urhobo was now on the fast lane towards expected and set goals and aspirations for progress.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS OF OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT

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