Thursday, 15 June 2017

Enugu State APGA structure merges with UPP

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All has been concluded for United Progressive Party (UPP) to merge with a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Enugu State.

This was even as APGA Enugu structure recently collapse into the UPP in a mammoth gathering where held yesterday at UPP state secretariat.

Addressing the crowd, UPP deputy National Chairman, Chief Chris Uche said the exercise became necessary to forestall mutual suspicion between the founding members of the party and the new entrants.

Uche said that the national leadership of the party had agreed to a sharing formula between the two groups, adding that no one needed to feel cheated under the new arrangement.

He said that 70 per cent of the party structure in the state would be retained by the founding members of the party, while those from APGA would get 30 per cent.

“This meeting signals the birth of the merger between the two parties
as we formally receive the APGA structure in the state. Some founding members of the UPP have been jittery, thinking that their positions will been usurped under the new arrangement,” he said.

Uche said that the leadership of the party wanted to carry everybody
along to justify the confidence it had on party faithful.
He noted that similar harmonisation had been done in states in the
South-West, which he said had embraced the party.
The chairman said that same exercise had also been perfected in Abia,
Anambra and Imo, adding that Ebonyi had no issues as the entire APGA
structure in the state had collapsed into UPP.
Uche said that the party had taken roots in the South-East and was
ready to prosecute the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.
Speaking during the event, the Chairman of the state chapter of the
UPP, Mr Ken Onyekaonwu described the occasion as historic.
Onyekaonwu said that members of the UPP were ready to receive APGA
structure in the state which had subsumed to their party.
“UPP has come to stay in Enugu and we see it as a way of having a
total control of our state.
“The foundation members of the APGA with 90 per cent of members of the
party in the state are joining us today and we are happy,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of APGA in the state, Mr Ogbonna Agu said
they decided to join UPP due to the incessant crisis that had
bedeviled the party since 2011.
Agu said that remaining in APGA would amount to going into political
oblivion, adding that the party had collapsed in the state.
“APGA is in a big trouble in Enugu. It has been enmeshed in one
problem or the other since 2011 and we see UPP as the most credible
option,” he said.
Agu said that he joined the new party with all members of the APGA
State Working Committee and their supporters.



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