UPP Canvasses United Nigeria


The National Chairman of
the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has stressed the need for a united Nigeria where every ethnic group will have a sense of belonging.
Okorie, who condemned in strong terms the balkanisation of Nigeria, spoke in Enugu when leaders of a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) collapsed the structure of the party into UPP and adopted him as the leader of the party.
Describing the occasion as historic, Okorie assured that with the development, a true progressive party had emerged in the country.
The APGA founder, who went down memory lane to recall the unjust treatment meted out to him after the emergence of the party, said it was deliberate that they allowed the leadership of APGA at all levels including the acting national chairman to speak during the re-union event.
He said though it was with a heavy heart that they left APGA, he was happy that for the first time in Nigeria, a true progressive political party has emerged.
He words, “Something historic has happened today. I want to assure you that progressive political move has begun. It was with heavy heart that we let go APGA. We do not advocate for balkanization of Nigeria but a united Nigeria, the future is bright”.
Earlier, the Acting National Chairman of APGA, Chris Uche said they decided to collapse APGA formally into UPP because they could not move forward for several years following legal confrontations that engulfed the party.
He added that all the legal confrontations failed to yield dividends hence their resolve to come to the man, Chief Chewas Okorie that has the spirit of APGA.
“When we could not move forward for 10 years, we came back to the man that has the spirit of APGA, ‘we have come back to where we belong and this is the beginning of political emancipation in Nigeria”.
Speaking, the Chairman of APGA in Plateau State, Isa Jega”had in his contribution described the merger as a Lffivine marriage, adding that they were eying president of Igbo extraction.