…’they don’t have right to do it’ – IDU president
Uzere clan in Isoko South council area of Delta state have withdrawn their membership from the Isoko Development Union (IDU),apex body of the Isoko ethnic nationality.
It also withdrew the membership of the current president general of the union, Chief Iduh Amadhe, as a representative of the clan to the umbrella body.
In a letter dated December 24 and addressed to the president general of the IDU, Chief Iduh Amadhe, the community said it cannot be part of an association which is being led by a person who continues to cause discord in the community.
The letter was signed by PG Uzere clan, Engr. Felix Enwenede, Oletu Odhe, Chief Fredrick Uyeh and secretary general, Apostle Patrick Omoweh.
Accusing Amadhe of being responsible for the continuous crisis in the community, the letter read, “sequel to an emergency meeting held today 24th December, 2019, we the president general, the council of chiefs, the federal Iletus, the Quarters Iletus and the entire members of Uzere clan except the ones loyal to High Chief Iduh Amadhe, hereby withdraw our membership from the Isoko Development Union (IDU).
“We also withdraw High Chief Iduh Amadhe as a representative of Uzere Clan in the Isoko Development Union.
“High Chief Amadhe is involved in gross misconduct and is one of the persons responsible for the continuous crisis in Uzere clan. And such a person is not fit to occupy and enjoy the benefits and privileges associated with the prestigious office of the president general of IDU.
“Uzere clan cannot be a member of an association in which such a person who has caused us so much pain is the president general. We hereby withdraw and recall him from Isoko Development Union.
Meanwhile, women of the community had embarked on a peaceful protest calling on the state government to wade into the matter.
The protesters also accused the IDU president, as well as the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh, of fueling the Uzere conflict.
They bore placards with inscriptions such as “Chief Iduh Amadhe should leave Uzere and face IDU, “Iduh Amadhe stop fueling crisis in Uzere,” “Chief Iduh Amadhe and Askia Ogieh, stop using the police to intimidate and harass innocent people of Uzere”.
When reached for comment, the IDU president general emphasized that the community’s leadership has “no right” to do such, describing them as “black legs” that are fostering disunity in the kingdom.
Amadhe said: “God has created Uzere and Uzere is under Isoko. They don’t have right to do it. There is no time Uzere people sat in a conference and took a resolution to be out. All those are black legs who don’t want peace to be in Uzere. At the appropriate time, information will be given to you on what those ones have done to bring crisis and destroy the lives and properties of Uzere people.
“If they don’t desist from that negative attitude, they will continue to bring disgrace and underdevelopment to the community. They should champion the way forward for Uzere to see light and progress. Not actions inimical to the development of the place. It is the entire Uzere people that will take a decision whether to do that or not.
“There were over hundred Uzere persons that came for IDU conference just on December 28. The chairman of the community, Bre Dema was also there. Anybody who is giving you contrary information is just deceiving you.
“If the man cannot even pay the dues of Uzere, there are many people of Uzere extraction that can pay the N50,000 per year. Uzere people are those who founded the IDU in 1943. And so, what has been formed by an Uzere man cannot be destroyed by another Uzere man. Those people who are circulating such information at the appropriate time they will be arrested.
Asked on the recent protest by some persons in the community, Amadhe said, “I am not aware. Those are sponsored protests organised by that non-performing man who does not know how to administer the community. How do you carry protest and take it to your own building? At the appropriate time he will picked by security operatives. He is promoting native war in Uzere.”