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BREAKING NEWS: UPP collapses all structures into ruling APC

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THE United Progressive Party (UPP) has announced its formal dismantling of all structures and collapse into the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

This is coming on the heels of the recent deregistration of the party alongside 73 others by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Chief Chekwas Okorie, who described himself as the ‘former National Chairman’ of the UPP, announced this in a Statement issued from the party headquarters in Abuja and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited.

The Statement is reproduced in full below:

The National Executive Committee (NEC) including the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other stakeholders of the United Progressive Party (UPP) met on Thursday 20th February 2020, in an Extraordinary Meeting at the Party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.

We reviewed the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in de-registering UPP along with 73 other Political Parties.

We resolved not to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Court of law. We, however commend the Political Parties that have opted for the Court option, knowing that it is within their constitutional right to approach the Courts for judicial intervention.

We reviewed a number of options available to us including the hand of fellowship extended to our Party by some of the Political Parties that survived the INEC onslaught.

However, after considering the fact that on the 17th August 2018, our Party’s National Executive Committee opted to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid for his second term in the 2019 Presidential election unconditionally, during which time, our members across the country were directed to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This directive was carried out without a single dissenting voice from any segment of the Party nationwide.

In view of our present circumstances, our Party resolved unanimously that the most logical follow up to our earlier chosen political trajectory would be to collapse all our structures from the Ward to the National level into the All Progressives Congress. We have therefore directed our members at all levels to proceed to register as members of APC at their various Wards of origin or the Wards where they are resident.

Before arriving at this final decision, we consulted widely, not only among ourselves but with the leaders and stakeholders of the APC where we have been assured of a warm welcome and equal opportunities available to all bona fide members of the ruling Party.

UPP was registered on 2nd October 2012, and for nearly eight years of its existence, we exhibited the highest level of internal Party democracy, discipline and cohesion. In this number of years, UPP never experienced any factionalization at any of the levels of the Party’s administration and structure. We urge our members to exhibit this commendable character disposition in the APC so that we shall stand out as disciplined members of the APC who will be known for our contribution to the growth of the Party.

In the next few weeks we shall present ourselves formally to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress along with other Political Parties who are similarly inclined.

CHIEF DR. CHEKWAS OKORIE

Former National Chairman, UPP

EKENE UZODINMA PICKS UPP NOMINATION FORM FOR ENUGU GOVERNORSHIP

An industrialist, Ekene Uzodinma has picked the United Progressive

Party Nomination Form for Enugu State Governorship Election.

National Chairman of the Party, Chief Dr. Chekwas Okorie presented the Form to him at the National Secretariat, Abuja on Wednesday 3rd
October, 2018.

Uzodinma expressed confidence that he will win the forthcoming
gubernatorial poll in Enugu State on UPP platform.

He said he is on a rescue mission to save the longsuffering people of
Enugu State from inept, visionless and purposeless leadership that has impeded development of the State since 1999.

He pledged to transform Enugu State if voted into Office in 2019
governorship election in the State and implement a development scheme called “The New Enugu Project (TNEP)”. TNEP is aimed at creating and charting a common course to a glorious future which will be fair to all Ndi Enugu and Nigerians at large.

Uzodinma said he has developed a blueprint for governing Enugu State
and assembled a think-tank that will ensure rapid advancement of the
State.

A grassroots politician and administrator, Uzodinma said the good people of Enugu State are tired of the prevalent status quo and have decided to take their destinies in their hands and return power to the people.

He frowned at the endemic irresponsibility and non-responsive
leadership of the PDP-led government in Enugu State and called on the electorate to vote for UPP candidates in all positions in 2019 general polls.

Uzodinma said he has developed five strategic master-plans that will
restore Enugu State as commercial and tourism centre in Nigeria as
obtainable in the Eastern Region of the 1960s with Enugu as its
capital.

He said the torch of democracy, liberty and development has been
passed to the youth with the enactment of the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run
Act,” sponsored by the UPP member in the House of Representatives,
Hon. Tony Nwulu, the party’s aspirant for Imo State governorship. He urged Nigerians to identify with the party’s candidates in all elections.

Uzodinma is the Chief Executive Officer, Excellent Projects Nigeria
Limited, TREG – a Real Estate Management and Development Firm and Ex-Integrated and Agro Allied Industries – an agro production, processing, preservation and packaging company.

He is a graduate of Computer Science and Engineering, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, a Chartered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and a certified member of the Projects Management Institute.

UPP commends SE,SS governors on regional integration

The United Progressive Party (UPP) commends the South-East, South-South Governors on the success of their recent meeting in Enugu on regional integration.

It is a welcome development that will boost social, economic and political development of the geopolitical zones. It will also foster love, peace, and unity among the people and strengthen old ties needed in building a strong, virile, progressive and prosperous democratic society.

The need to address the infrastructural decay, security challenges and provide dividends of democracy to the longsuffering people of the region cannot be overemphasized. This is in tandem with the provision of Section 14(2)b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which states, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.

The Governors should articulate policies and implement developmental projects that will raise the people’s standards of living and make the region the great arsenal of democracy in Nigeria and economic nerve centre of Africa.

The public clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria may begin to have expression from the synergy of the nine states that constitute the South-East, South-South geopolitical zones. We recommend that the region may embark as a matter of urgency on the energy needs of the area by disengaging the collaborating geopolitical zones from the malaise of the so-called national grid and install a more productive and economically enhancing electricity projects for the zones that will definitely trigger off economic growth and job creation of unprecedented proportion.

There are definitely other areas of mutual benefits that will make the region an investment destination and tourist attraction to foreigners and Nigerians alike. This wonderful initiative and opportunity must not be lost. History will be kind and generous to the present Governors of the South-East, South-South geopolitical zones who have demonstrated the wisdom to embark on this mission.

The United Progressive Party congratulates the two geopolitical zones and promises to contribute its own quota in actualizing the vision and mission of this initiative.

 

Chief Dr. Chekwas Okorie

National Chairman

​MOBIN has not adopted any aspirant for Anambra gubernatorial elections


Press Release of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN)

It has come to the notice of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, MOBIN that there are allegations in some quarters that MOBIN has adopted a gubernatorial aspirant contesting under the United Progressive Party, UPP as its anointed candidate in the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra State.

Let it be on record that MOBIN has not adopted any of the seven aspirants under the UPP as its candidate. Any rumour, or allegation pointing in that direction is only in the imaginations of the tale bearer.

For the avoidance of doubt, the goals of MOBIN as a political organization is to search for, select, and adopt Biafra-minded politicians whom all Biafrans will support in elections, and use to replace redundant leaders who are mostly stooges of cabals from the north. 

Be also aware that it’s still too early to adopt anyone, since all seven aspirants are indigenous Biafrans. Each has also shown strong Biafran spirit, but MOBIN at this point is activating processes to test this spirit, and confirm those who are Biafrans not just in spirit but also in truth. Whoever emerges at the end of the day shall be supported by MOBIN, which is the official voice of the Biafrans in the UPP, which has been adopted by the same Biafrans as the political party after their heart.

MOBIN has not adopted anyone yet, but will adopt one who will be chosen by the Biafrans themselves. After the period of tests and adoption, MOBIN will activate all of its machinery to campaign and deliver such a candidate who will eventually emerge as Anambra’s next governor, and activate a sure process of realizing the nationhood of Biafra. 

MOBIN is a political movement by  Indigenous People of Biafra who are the claimants in the Suit No FHC/OW/CS/192/2013 for both 

political and economic emancipation of Biafraland who sued in a representative capacity by the human rights organization called Bilie Human Rights Initiative. 

Signed, 
ThankGod Ofoelue,
Director of Media and Mobilization MOBIN.

​2017 Anambra Governorship election: Chudi Offodile, UPP and the new narratives, BY ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU   


2017 Anambra Governorship election: Chudi Offodile, UPP and the new narratives

When Hon Chudi Offodile, Awolo-Awka, was elected into the Federal House of Representatives in May 1999, as the representative for Awka North and South Federal constituency of Anambra State, he was just 34 years old. He served as the Chairman of the Special Committee on Joint Venture Oil Operations [2001-2003] and Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee [2003-2006]. He is also a businessman, lawyer and notary public.

 

He ran for senate in 2007 and 2011 unsuccessfully and called it quits with “electoral politics”. Then he bounced back with the best seller ‘’The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria’’ published by Safari Books Ltd in 2016. The book has seven “Parts” that are sub-divided into twenty “Chapters”. Part One titled “Prelude To War” contains four chapters: Preview; Igbo identity Crises; The 15th January 1966 Coup; The 29th July 1966 Counter Coup. Part Two titled, “Period of hostilities” comprise: On Aburi We Stand; The Biafran Intelligentsia; Biafra’s Non-Igbo Actors; Britain and the Horrors of War.

 

Part Three titled “Igbo Political Trajectory” includes: Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1966); Rupture…Ojukwu vs. Azikiwe; Achebe Takes On Zik. Part Four titled “Post War Years” has: The Asika Years (1970-75), The Years of Decline (1976-1998); Dr. Ekwueme’s Bid For Power; The Years of Decline (1999-2015).

 

Part Five titled “Biafra: From Surrender To Rebirth” contains: MASSOB, IPOB, BILIE Human Rights Initiative. Part Six titled “The Future of Nigeria” contains: Biafra and Nigeria; The War Philosophy; Sardauna Was A Federalist; Conclusion. Part Seven, the appendix section, incorporates the three-part treatise titled “Reconstructing Nigeria For Posterity”, by a leading Nigerian thinker, economist and former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.

 

Fast forward to 2017, Anambra’s year of election, Hon Chudi Offodile has returned stronger and better and is always a formidable opponent. He came fully prepared to become Anambra state Governor at the end of November elections with his new mantra “The Promise Of Biafran Ideology” on the platform of the United Progressive Party, UPP led by the ebullient and dynamic National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie. UPP has already formalized a merger between members of the party and a section of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) starting from Enugu State.

 

The Chairman of the harmonization committee and the deputy National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chris Uche, said that the 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.

 

The ratification of the state working committee is expected to take place at the forthcoming National Convention holding on the June 29th, 2017 in Awka, Anambra State.

 

And barring any hitches, Hon Chudi Offodile would be declaring his Governorship ambition during the convention. He does not believe in the so-called zoning along the three senatorial districts, North, South and Central since none of the governors, past and present represented their senatorial districts while in office. They all represented their local government areas and catchment areas.

 

He illustrates this by pointing out that they all spent billions of Naira of state funds awarding contracts for road construction in their villages and local governments and all of them appointed their commissioner for works from their local government areas. Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju from Uli, Ihiala, appointed Ken Emeakayi from Ihiala LGA and they spent most of the state resources on roads in Uli and Ihiala. They did not represent the south senatorial district. Dr Chris Ngige from Idemili appointed Arch Emeka Ejikeme from Idemili as works commissioner and the preponderance of the roads done during his tenure was concentrated in that area. He did not represent central senatorial zone but his village, Alor and Idemili area.

 

The longest serving of them all and perhaps the most successful, Mr Peter Obi from Agulu, Anaocha local government appointed Arch Calistus Ilozumba from Anaocha and the evidence of who they represented is found in the state of the roads in Peter Obi’s village, Agulu and the entire Anaocha LGA from Neni to Obeledu to Agulu-Uzoigbo etc. Compare that with the state of roads in the so-called state capital, Awka or in Awka North and other parts of Anambra Central senatorial zone. To make matters worse, the one position the entire central zone has in common is the Senate seat. They made it an Anaocha affair. From the late Dora Akunyili to Senator Uche Ekwunife and now Sir Victor Umeh. Peter Obi’s tenure was the tenure of Agulu people and Anaocha LGA not central senatorial zone.

 

Now to Governor Willie Obiano. His commissioner for works is from his village, Aguleri. He is Chief Law Chinwuba. Everyone in the state knows that almost every appointment goes to the governor’s village and local government area and they say he is representing the North. That is a false claim. “So there has been no zoning but primitive clannishness”, he said.

 

I was personally taken aback by his position and he indeed made me believe that there was nothing like zoning. And after subjecting it to critical analysis, I discovered that my area Awka North has been abandoned to only God knows when.

 

This 2017 November election according to Offodile is between two zones, those who believe in the Biafran ideology and those who don’t. “This is the turn of the Biafra zone”. He said.

 

What exactly does he mean by “Biafran Ideology” I asked? Offodile explained that the “Biafran ideology is the antithesis of Nigerian centralism which has denied Nigeria of its creative abilities, making it import dependent with corruption as a national pastime”. Biafra on the contrary was innovative and self-reliant and exhibited technological abilities. Its very existence was prompted by the idea of freedom and justice and the expression of the right to self-determination. Biafra’s national political creed enshrined in the “Ahiara Declaration” emphasized participatory democracy and decentralization of power. With the evidential failure of the post war Nigerian ideology of centralism, he continued, “I am simply offering the Biafran ideology as an alternative vision”.

 

Hon Offodile is aware of the tough contest he faces in the UPP with the entry of Former Aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, Ifeanyi Okonkwo and others but he believes that he will prevail in the fullness of time. He concludes with the words, “blessed are those who are proud to be called Biafrans”.

 

Awolodike as you challenge the already existing narratives in the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election, I can only wish you luck. You are resolute and I like your guts!

Zoning arrangement, Nigeria’s method to deny Igbo presidency

The national chairman of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie has carpeted claims by some politicians that Ndigbo should wait for 2023 before attempting a shot at the presidency.

Prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have categorically dismissed calls for Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2019, insisting that the North was yet to complete their tenure in line with an unwritten zoning arrangement made before the 1999 election.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has also toed the same line, as its body language clearly shows that it would zone the party’s presidential ticket to the North.

However, in an interview with journalists in Enugu, Okorie, who was also the founding national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, said “there is nothing like rotational presidency.”

“Who rotated the presidency?”, he queried further, noting that the members of the APC who are insisting that Buhari must complete another tenure in line with the said zoning arrangement were insincere.

According to him, “this is Buhari’s fourth attempt at the presidency; that means he has always contested even when it was supposedly the turn of the South to hold the position; so many other Northerners, including Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have also done same. Why did they not wait for the turn of the North in those days.

“It is only politically naive people that will keep waiting for a non-existing zoning arrangement and for the presidency to be handed over the them, thinking that one day, somebody will say, ‘Igbos come and take’. Such a day will never come.”

He further stated that having studied the political situation, his party, the UPP, had zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the South-East.

“This is the only way an Igbo man can fly the presidential flag of any political party; I did it with APGA and that was how late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu became the presidential candidate of APGA.”

On the call for restructuring and self-determination struggle by pro-Biafra groups, Okorie said UPP remained the only political party, which had clearly articulated such issues in its manifesto.

“I put in my manifesto that if I win, I will put exit clause in the constitution. There is no country in the world that went for self-determination without a political party; there is no where NGO has achieved self-determination of a people.

“In our manifesto, we have self-determination, devolution of power, true federalism, state police, community policing, among others. We encapsulated all the recommendations of the 2014 national confab in our manifesto.

“We believe that 2109 shall be a referendum of some sort; Nigerians shall prepare to vote either yes or no to APC and PDP for status quo to remain, or to vote UPP for a total reform. No other party has such things in its manifesto.

“It is not about Atiku going around delivering lectures talking about true federalism; they are just rhetorics; back-up your position with firm position of your party”, he said.

The UPP chairman expressed confidence that his party would clearly win the Anambra State governorship election, stressing “there is no way Anambra people will go for those parties with uncertainties and legal encumbrances hanging on their necks.

UPP UK chapter to discuss Biafra, other issues at London summit

United Progressive Party(UPP) has announced its plan to hold a crucial meeting in London on 4th April 2017.
In a press release signed by its national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie and made available to journalists, the party listed present economy of Nigeria, lack of democracy and transparency, agitation of the people of Biafra, Niger Delta and others in Nigeria as some key issues on the burner to discuss. 
It also said that the yelling of the Poor and the insecurity of the Rich is another issue that must be discussed.
Last month in Enugu, UPP had formed an alliance with the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria(MOBIN), in a move to elect Biafran-minded politicians into power in the old Eastern region that formed the Biafran state between 1967 and 1970.
Delegates from Nigeria would give us situation reports about Nigeria, and we need the opinion of all progressive minds on whether we should either support the present government or provide an alternative via the ballot box in the on coming election”, Okorie said.
The release enjoined the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom to attend the summit.
It also gave other details of the summit: 

VENUE: BETTY BUNKER HALL, MORA STREET, LONDON EC1V 8EH

TIME: 17:00 –20:00. 

DATE: 08/04/17
CONTACTS : 

HON EUGENE DURU (EKWUEME1) 07909087308; 

SIR GODSON IWUJI 07877560742

CHIEF CBN. ONWUASOANYA (EZENDIGBO 1) 07944485231

HON. EZEBUIRO UCHENNA SAMUEL 07758401329
NEAREST STATION- OLD STREET STATION (NORTHERN LINE)

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PORT HARCOURT MASSACRE: Nigerian Govt deliberately killing Igbos, says United Progressive Party 


First published 21st January, 2017  

 

We woke up this day, Saturday 21st January, 2017, confronted with the heart- rending newspaper publications reporting yet another cold-blooded massacre of unarmed and defenseless Igbo young men and women whose offence appears to be a non-violent rally they held at a location in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in solidarity with President Donald Trump of the United States of America whose inauguration took place the same day in Washington DC, USA.

 

The bold front page caption of Saturday Telegraph of 21st January, 2017, captured the sad event that took place in this manner –“Trump: 11 Feared Dead As Soldiers Shoot IPOB Members”. It is public knowledge that the organizers of the peaceful rally wrote the Police authorities to notify them about their legitimate intentions and to obtain their permission. It is not on record that the Police in turn replied to their letter denying them of their constitutional right of freedom of assembly. It has become rampant for Nigeria’s security agencies to shoot at sight, young men and women of Igbo ethnic nationality anytime and anywhere they assemble for a peaceful rally or demonstration or even to pray to the Almighty God.

 

As a responsible, credible and patriotic opposition political party, we owe it as a responsibility to the Nigerian public to point out any danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria wherever and whenever we perceive it. A situation where an internationally notorious terrorist organization called Boko Haram will unleash unprecedented mayhem on a section of Nigeria resulting in loss of several thousands of lives, unquantifiable damage to property and other assets as well as displacement of millions of Nigerian citizens will be extended hand of fellowship and promised protection and comfort if they surrendered, while innocent unarmed and non-violent Igbo persons will be  massacred in cold-blood and others hounded to prison, sometimes without trial, in other circumstances with trumped up charges, is unacceptable in any civilized society where equity, justice and fair play ought to be cardinal principles of government as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

 

It is in consideration of the spate of injustice, alienation, inequity, inequality, nepotism and abuse of state power that the United Progressive Party has resolved to convene its national convention in April 2017 to ratify its amended Party Manifesto which incorporates provisions for restructuring of Nigeria, true federalism, devolution of power, fiscal federalism, State Police/Community Policing, referendum, self-determination of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities, state pardon/release of prisoners  and detainees whose offences were as a result of their political opinions and expressions. The new UPP manifesto shall be the social contract between our Political Party and the Nigerian people.

Nigeria’s Federating units must be allowed to develop at their own pace. They must be able to explore and exploit their corporative advantages for the benefit and welfare of their people.

 

We therefore, wish to state that the 2019 general election in Nigeria shall be a direct contest between those who accept restructuring as the panacea for the survival of Nigeria and those who choose to maintain the status quo.

 

On a final note, we urge the APC Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to investigate all the unwarranted killings of Igbo men and women from the inception of his administration, prosecute all those found culpable and compensate the families and relations of the victims.

 

Security agencies must be ordered to stop shooting at unarmed, non-violent persons who are only exercising their inalienable right of freedom of association. This is the only way the palpable tension in the country today can be doused. We wish to advice that there is only a tiny line between violence and non-violence. It may just require a little extra provocation to cross the Rubicon. There is an old saying that states that a  stitch in time saves nine.

 

 

 

CHIEF DR. CHEKWAS OKORIE

   OJE OZI NDIGBO

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, UPP

Fulani herdsmen: UPP describes action as barbaric, wicked, outrageous, threat to national security

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians across the country, particularly the recent massacre of the people of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen.

Describing the act as barbaric, wicked, outrageous and sadism of the worst order, UPP said it’s high time the unprovoked slaughter of innocent Nigerians by rampaging Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons is stopped. 

The party, in a press statement signed by Chief Ogbuehi Dike, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, urged security agents to fish out the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to book, and serve as a deterrent to others. 

UPP accused the security of handling herdsmen ‘attacks with kidss gloves which spurred the impunity with which they massacre fellow compatriots in the North, which has now been extended to the South’.

“This detestable onslaught by Fulani herdsmen is a threat to national security and unity. The Federal Government is obliged to protect lives and property of the citizenry as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which states that, “the security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government”.

UPP demands a stop to this madness and urges security agents to sit up and carry out their constitutional duties diligently without fear or favour.

“The Federal Government should take immediate action to rehabilitate and rebuild the communities destroyed by these heartless Fulani herdsmen and ensure there is no recurrence of this man’s inhumanity to man”, it stated.

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