UPP Denies Pact With Ngige, Others

| December 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

NATIONAL Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has denied speculations that the governorship ticket of the party has been reserved for Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) strongman and former Anambra State Governor, Chris Ngige.

Words have been making the rounds in the Southeast geopolitical zone that newly registered UPP has reserved certain positions for prominent political actors, especially Ngige, for the 2014 Anambra governorship poll.

Denouncing the speculations, Okorie told The Guardian that after the nasty experience he had in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), he has become wiser than to engage in clandestine discussions for the party’s tickets, insisting that all positions in UPP must be occupied through open primary election.

“I can tell you that there is no such thing. How can I take UPP down the road of such political infamy? We have not reserved, and we don’t intend to reserve tickets for anybody.

“Whoever is interested in contesting elections on UPP platform must first register as a member and thereafter be prepared to emerge through a credible primary election,” he said.








The UPP helmsman explained that zoning of the presidential slot to the Southeast geopolitical zone was not done with any particular presidential aspirant in mind.

He also added that though the UPP has become the platform to actualise the aspiration of Ndigbo to produce Nigeria’s president in 2015, neither Governor Rochas Okorocha nor any aspirant has approached the party for discussion.

While remarking that UPP is not in a popularity contest with APGA, Okorie said but for the litany of cases in court, APGA would have shared the fate of 31 political parties that were deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).

He noted that there is no properly constituted national executive body of APGA in INEC’s records: “So the party has technically ceased to exist. We are not shadow boxing with anyone. You are aware that recently the National Executive Committee (NEC) met and zoned the presidential slot to the Southeast. We followed that up with a stakeholders’ meeting at the Universal Hotel, Enugu. At the Enugu meeting where two professors of Political Science and Law attended, alongside UPP chapters from UK and Europe, two motions were passed.

“The first motion was that the Southeast geopolitical zone should run for the presidency in 2015. The second motion stated that the UPP is the platform for realisation of the aspiration of the Southeast in producing the president in 2015.”

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