According to a press release issued by the Secretary General, Okpe Union Worldwide, Mr. Henry Ebireri, the union said the bye-elections would be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Okpe Union Headquarters, Obalende, Lagos.
To be eligible to stand for the positions, the union said candidates must be indigenes of Okpe residing anywhere in the world but prepared to attend the union’s general meeting in Lagos.
The headquarters appealed to branches outside Lagos to participate actively in the bye election.
“It’s important that people take part in the democratic process. Participation enhances legitimacy, which improves stability and inhibits violence. This will also help us to decide the leaders of the union.
“The new President General has an opportunity to help shape our kingdom’s future.” The statement said.
The union also called on the Sapele Okpe Community leaders in court, particularly Mr, Michael Egbejule, Sir Vincent Ekariko, Chief Diamond Abeke, Chief Sunday Temiagin, Chief Fredrick Ebah, Chief Ekama Ayomanor, Mr. Monday Obire, Hon Bright Jebbah, Mr. Sunday Akoko, Mr. America Ayomanor and Mr. Bright Ogodo to heed to the voice of wisdom and forget their return as members of the executive committee of the Sapele Okpe Community.
The removal of the Egbejule led executive, according to the statement, was based on the reports of the Disciplinary Committee of the Sapele Community set up pursuant to the Constitution.