Plans are on ground by the founder and national chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie to move the whole party structure to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Jungle Journalist Media Limited has learnt.
Okorie lost the UPP earlier this month when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deregistered the party alongside 73 others.
A top member of the UPP who spoke with our reporter on the telephone revealed that party leaders and other faithful have been meeting to discuss the way forward, since UPP is the second party Okorie has lost. According to him “We have been discussing and having series of meetings and the first plan is to go to court.
Other plans are to join some other parties, and as a matter of fact, a particular political party offered us their entire structure to manage.
“We have also discussed moving to either the PDP or the APC, but it’s very likely that our party structure for once will act in favour of moving to the centre. We have been in the opposition all our lives. For once, it’s most likely that we will join the ruling party”, he revealed.
Okorie could not be reached for comments on the matter, but in his initial reaction to the deregistration process, Okorie had faulted the modalities used by INEC to lay the parties to rest.
Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Limited on the phone, he said “It becomes really very funny that INEC is the one narrowing down the political space. When only recently, APGA disqualified Ifeanyi Ubah, and then Ifeanyi Ubah went to YPP, and if YPP was not existing, Ifeanyi Ubah will not be in the Senate today. That victory by Ifeanyi Ubah is the only victory of YPP nationwide and that’s the reason why YPP is not deregistered.
“INEC has a duty to register new parties, and have already acknowledged that more than 100 political parties are due for registration. Then why deregister the ones that have already gained presence in the 36 states of Nigeria plus Abuja, and then register new ones that are yet to learn the ropes?”