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Urhobo leaders visit Ibori, says absence a setback to ethnic group

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

The leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU has stormed at Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government area of Delta state to welcome a former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori.

At the residence of the recently released politician, they attributed the setback in the political journey of Urhobo nation to the absence Ibori.

They met Ibori under the umbrella body of the ethnic group, the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, by their President General, Engr Joe Orode Omene, who addressed newsmen shortly after a close-door meeting between Ibori and the UPU executives which lasted about an hour, expressed joy at the safe return of Ibori after six years outside the shores of Nigeria.

He said, “We came to formally welcome our very illustrious son, Chief James Onenefe Ibori back home. Our meeting with him was very fruitful. As governor, Ibori did his best to move Delta State forward.

“There has been a big vacuum since he left. We are glad he is back, safe and sound. His return will put Urhobo on the political map in Abuja. We look up to him to bring Urhobo nation back into mainstream of politics.

“We urge all Urhobo politicians to rally round him to deliver on the assignment of taking Urhobo to greater heights politically.”

The UPU delegation led by Chief Joe Omene include Justice Jonathan Shakarho (retd), First Deputy President General; Chief Mrs Grace Usirare, third Deputy President General; Chief Duncan Ewheree, National Publicity Secretary and Mr. Anthony Igho, National President, UPU Youth Wing.

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