Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), has called on Urhobo politicians and stakeholders in Delta State to eschew violence and killings as the 2023 general elections draw closer.
President-General of the union, Moses Taiga, while making the call on Monday in a press release, expressed worries over the rate of killings in the state in recent time, describing them (killings) as politically motivated.
This followed the recent killings of a young politician in Sapele and a case of another that was killed in Ughelli South last year, lamenting further that two were last year also killed including a young politician who was hacked down on his way to Asaba during the local government elections in 2020.
“Local government campaigns and the 2023 elections politicking are already on, though the elections are still two years away. Are these deaths coincidences? The UPU does not know, but they are worrisome and ominous. Urhobo politics and elections have always been intense, but killing of political opponents is not part of our political life.
“As we get closer to another round of elections, the UPU calls on all Urhobo politicians to play their politics without killings, violence and bitterness. Do not shed the blood of any Urhobo son or daughter to achieve your political ambition. Power belongs to God and no one gets to a position without the knowledge of God.’
He continues, “Anybody desiring to serve does not need to eliminate political opponents to get the position. You do not kill because you want to serve. A call to public service is a call to restore and uplift life, not a call to take life.
“While we await the police to unravel the perpetrators of these killings, the UPU says enough of these killings. The Urhobos are peace-loving people. Nobody should turn Urhobo land into a river of blood,” he said.
The UPU president general urged the people of Urhobo nation and Delta State in general to aspire for public office with the desire to serve.