Thursday, 29 June 2017

Don’t Be Afraid of Biafra—UPP National Chairman

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The National Chairman, United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie has urged Nigerians not to panic whenever they heard the name Biafra, which according to him, is law abiding citizens guarded by both Nigerian constitution and International law.
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Okorie, who spoke at his party’s 2017 National convention held in Awka, the Anambra State capital, explained that the United Nations charter recognizes indigenous people and the Nigeria constitution does the same, adding that before the contraption of Nigeria, the country was made up of mainly indigenous people and empires.

According to him, it was in recognition of this that UPP upgraded its aims and objectives in article six of the party constitution, while chapter two of the party manifesto emphasized “our main policy trust in Self Determination, True Federalism, Devolution of Power, Resource Control, Referendum, State Police/Community Policing, Citizenship Rights, Unconditional Release of Prisoners of Conscience etc”.

He said, “Let nobody be afraid when he hears Biafra or associated with it because Nigeria has indigenous peoples. Nobody should be afraid of saying he is a Biafran. If people embrace UPP core values, those issues that pose threat of disintegration of Nigeria will disappear.

 “This convention observed international best practices. It went very successful and commendable. I therefore wish to commend members for their exemplary conduct during the proceedings.” observed that UPP used the convention ratified three motions which the party’s National Chairman noted to have “Put our great party in the firm position to tackle the challenges of our present and future democratic encounters in Nigeria and a more efficient management of the party’s internal democratic process”.

The amendments were on article 10 (4) (xii) of the party to expand the delegates  to state congress and ratification of harmonized national, zonal, state, local government and ward working committees of the party pending the next election convention of the party.

“Nigeria is dire need for genuine change having been politically defrauded by a political party that canvassed True Federalism while it sought for votes of trusting Nigerians but in a very unscrupulous and unconscionable manner jettisoned its avowed article of faith, and foisted on hapless Nigerian citizens the worst form of nepotism, reductionism, lethargy, cluelessness and retrogression” Okorie added.

In an interview outside the convention hall, Okorie emphasized that UPP core values are mainly what Nigerians have decided on but what political parties are shying away from.

At the convention eight governorship aspirants of the party on Anambra November 18 2017 gubernatorial poll addressed the party and were optimistic that the party will carry the day in the November 18, 2017 Governorship election.

They were Chief Osita Chidoka, former Aviation Minister; Chief Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Onwa Nnobi); Prince Ifeanyi Ezechukwu; Nze Ugonadi Onwuka; Hon. Chudi Offodile, an ex-two term Federal House of Rep member; Ejike Okafor Obumeneke; Barr Paul Chukwudi Obianaso; and Nze Ugonadi Onwuka.  



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