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UPP Chairman: S’East PDP Leaders Can’t Win Constituencies in 2015

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The National Chairman of United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, at the weekend said the South-east leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “are not politically vibrant enough to win their constituencies in the 2015 general election.”

Okorie expressed the view shortly after inaugurating the new Anambra State Executive Committee of the party at its state secretariat in Awka, saying the PDP leaders in the zone had failed.  He said the UPP would field a candidate for the presidential election next year from the zone as a policy, adding that even if it did not control the national assembly, it was poised to win the presidency.

He said the UPP was a mass movement and would capitalise on the support of the people of the zone “to upstage the ruling party in 2015. The UPP is targeting the presidency of this country.

He acknowledged that President Goodluck Jonathan “is doing well. But a UPP President for Nigeria will do better. Let nobody think we are joking. There have been countries where a party with the popular manifesto, the popular candidate won the presidency without controlling the National Assembly.

“Greece is one of them. As for the National Assembly, our target is to clear the South-east to start with. And then of course make inroad to other places. We are not telling you that we will win the whole country.”
He took a critical look at the 2015 presidential race, explaining that Nigerians “have only two choices. It is either to go for change, or they maintain the status quo, which I believe, ‘is not attractive to anybody.
“APGA has adopted Jonathan before he even says he is running. UPP has even taken the third position without firing a shot. Without even casting the first ballot, we have already prepared as the party to reckon with as far as 2015 is concerned.

“By the time we gather the quantum of seats, it is either we form a government or nobody can form a government without negotiating with us. By that, I mean what happened in the First Republic between NCNC and NPC in a coalition or Second Republic between NPP and NPN in an accord, will repeat itself in 2015. We will either be the senior partner or at least a critical partner.”

He said the battle line had been already drawn between the progressive forces which UPP represents and the reactionary forces, which the PDP and All Progressives Congress (APC), noting that the reactionary forces do not make any pretense about their ultra-conservatism.

However, he applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the way it conducted elections in Ekiti, adding that people “are beginning to have more confidence in the electoral process.”

He added that such confidence had culminated in the increased participation as witnessed in last Saturday’s Governorship election in Osun State where over 680,000 people were expected to vote out of over one million registered voters, as against 25 percent turnout recorded in the past.

The State Chairman of UPP, Dr. Sylvester Igwilo had earlier said that his executive would work hard to ensure that the party is reckoned with in the country and Anambra State particularly.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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