UPP Officially Adopts Buhari As Candidate In 2019

UPP Officially Adopts Buhari As Candidate In 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari with (R-L) Mr Chekwas Okorie, Dr Stanley Uzochukwu, and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the State House in Abuja on November 16, 2018.

 

The leadership of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the general elections in 2019.

National Chairman of the party, Mr Chekwas Okorie, announced this on Tuesday while addressing a news conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) acting on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), after extensive consultations with all stakeholders in the party, wish to announce to the Nigerians public that President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has been endorsed and adopted as our presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election,” he said.

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Okorie explained that the party took the decision to endorse the President who is the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the anti-corruption stand of the Federal Government.

He added that the UPP was supporting the second term bid of President Buhari for the sake of national stability, cohesion, and unity.

According to him, the party is satisfied with the several gains made by the President, especially in the area of Treasury Single Account and other economic policies aimed at improving the welfare of Nigerians.

The UPP chairman stressed that the party made, “A painstaking evaluation of all the options and in consideration of the sincerity, uprightness, and the credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari which has brought to bear in his approach to governance for the last three and a half years.”

He said, “Our resolution to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as our candidate has been made easy for us by the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who elected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as their presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.”

#AnambraDecides: Why People Didn’t Vote For UPP – Chidoka

Anambra Debate: 10 Top Quotes From Osita Chidoka
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Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Osita Chidoka, has revealed why the people of Anambra refused to vote for his party in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

In a declaration issued on Sunday, a day after the poll took place, Chidoka attributed his party’s defeat to the distrust the people have for politicians.

“From the ballots, we heard the voice of our people – we heard it loud and clear,” he said. “On November 18, our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians.”

“They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people, they doubted that the political class cared about them; they voted for the highest bidder,” he added.

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Chidoka, a former minister of aviation and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said some people demanded money to vote for him.

He, however, said his party declined to grant such request, adding that UPP’s agenda was to promote justice and equity in Anambra and Nigeria in general.

“When by Thursday, November 16, a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run – we accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria,” he said.

“In all, we hold our heads high – high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”; we lost to superior financial firepower. As democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.”

The former minister further said his party won at the most important place; in the hearts of people who saw the sincerity of their mission and gave all in support of the quest for collective good.

He also thanked party faithful for their support and personal sacrifices to the campaign, saying the poll was a referendum on the future of the state.

He said: “An important issue has come out of this election; this election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

“We, therefore, make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people; we are proud to have spoken for them.”

Anambra Election, A Referendum On Our Future – Chidoka

Anambra Election, A Referendum On Our Future – Chidoka
Osita Chidoka

 

One of the aspirants for the governorship election in Anambra State, Osita Chidoka, has asked the people of the state to leverage the November 18 poll to determine how they want their future to be.

Chidoka, who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the United Progressive Party (UPP), stated this on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“The election of November 18 is a referendum on our future, is a referendum that Indi-Anambra and Indi-Igbo, in general, have a great opportunity to air their grievances through the political process,” he said.

“They have a great opportunity to elect a leadership that wants to make Anambra State a leading state in Nigeria. They want a leadership that is of the future, a leadership that is thinking about the infrastructure of tomorrow; Anambra has to go UPP to up its game.”

The former Minister of Aviation further asked the people to vote wisely during the election and urged them to cast their votes in support of who would treat their welfare with utmost importance.

He was, however, hopeful that democracy has gone past the days where aspirants deceive electorates to get into office, adding that the people would vote for the candidate that would ensure the dividends of democracy.

“I believe that this election is an election for the person with the biggest ground game. That is – the person that is able to reach the voters, the person that is able to talk to the voters directly, speak to their hopes, address their fears and connect with them emotionally,” he added.

“Anambra has to know that they need a leadership that views the development of human beings as the most important, a leadership that does not celebrate output but cares about outcomes. Now, what are the key outcomes we want in Anambra? We have the best results in WAEC, we need to turn that into an advantage.”

Responding to critics who said he lacks the political structure to win an election, Chidoka said the “structure of diverting electoral materials” and the structure “of bribing electoral officers” were irrelevant.

“We saw Emmanuel Macron form a party and within two years he became the President of France; we saw Barack Obama set up a campaign machinery that most people thought was a team of young people but they were able to knock on the doors of the people, they were able to speak to the hopes of Americans, they were able to connect emotionally.

“It goes to show you that today’s voters, there is a rise of the new voter and the new voters are people who are willing to look at the issues of the person involved,” the former PDP member said.

UPP Calls For True Federalism In Nigeria

UPP Calls For True Federalism In NigeriaThe United Progressive Party (UPP) has asked the Federal Government to put in place structures that will allow for the practice of true federalism, equity and justice in Nigeria.

This was the consensus of the party at its national convention on Thursday in Awka, the Anambra State capital ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The National Chairman UPP, Chekwas Okoro, noted that the recent agitations by some sections of the country could be reduced to its barest minimum if government practices true federalism.

He added that the moment Nigerians are allowed to freely determine who represents and govern them at all levels of government, people who have purportedly held the country politically hostage would be permanently retired from politics‎.

The party leadership also used the convention to meet with some of the aspirants that would be participating in the Anambra governorship elections.

UPP Chairman Says Early Passage Of 2017 Budget Will End Recession

UPP Chairman Says Early Passage Of 2017 Budget Will End RecessionThe National Chairman of United Progressives Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie, says early passage of 2017 budget of N7.2 trillion by the National Assembly might end economic recession in Nigeria.

Okorie made the statement at an event in Owerri the Imo state capital south-east Nigeria.

He said if the budget is passed early and funds appropriated to various ministries, departments, and agency are promptly released, the economic challenges being faced by Nigerians in recent months could end.

Okorie, who was responding to questions from journalists said that he was optimistic the economy has a chance of survival in 2017. “The progress being recorded in food production like rice should be sustained” he said.

“In recent times, we have seen the synergy between the Kebbi State government and Lagos state in rice production, government should sustain its policy of diversification and equally support industrialization’’.

The UPP Chieftain also urged state governments to create enabling environments for SMEs to pave the way for youth employments.

He maintained that with such steps a lot could change in the socio-economic situation of the country in 2017.

Exxon Mobil Donates Equipment To Six Nigerian Universities

exxonOil giant, Exxon Mobil has donated equipment worth 50 million naira to six tertiary institutions in the country through its Universities Partnership Programme (UPP).

The donated items includes: analytical equipments, digital cameras, mosquitoes nets for field trips and the sum of 5.777 million naira to each of the universities.

The beneficiaries includes; Akwa Ibom State University, Anambra State University, University of Jos and Federal University of Technology, Akure. Others are University of Ilorin and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta.

According to the General Manager, Operations (Technical) of Exxon, Mr Micheal Udoh, the company has since the inception of the program in 2007, provided support worth over one billion naira.

”Since we started the University Partnering Programme in 2007, we have donated vehicles, Geo-sciences equipment to 14 universities, to facilitate Geological fieldwork training and analysis for students.

He said the program is aimed at ensuring that Nigeria stands on equal competitive footing with the best universities in the world in the study of Geo-sciences.

”We commenced this partnership Eight years ago in the area of Geo-sciences education in our collective and determined quest to help advance the quality of education in Nigeria to internationally competitive levels.

“To date, we have committed over N900m to the UPP and our long term goal is to ensure that every public university in Nigeria offering Geo-sciences benefits from the programme.

Commending the company, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, asked other companies to emulate the good examples of the company, as the government cannot adequately fund education on its own.

The gesture by the company also received the support and commendation of players in the Geo-sciences sector, such as the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Education.

The beneficiaries also promised to ensure that the equipments are properly used and maintained.

INEC Meets With Political Parties

INEC-Elections-JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is presently meeting with the chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties in Nigeria.

The meeting is holding amidst speculations that the polls scheduled for February 14 and 28 will be postponed by about six weeks.

Although the INEC is yet to make any official announcement, international media organisations are quoting an unnamed Nigerian official as saying that elections will be postponed in order to give the new multinational force time to secure areas under Boko Haram control.

As the meeting between INEC and the parties held, a coalition of civil rights groups staged a protest at the headquarters of the electoral body in Abuja to resist moves for the postponement of the elections.

The leader of the group, Mr Solomon Dalung, said that they heard that the ongoing meeting between the electoral umpire and political party leaders was aimed at announcing INEC’s decision of the postponement of the polls.

The INEC said that the group was only acting on rumour, as there is no such information at the moment.

Council Of State Asked INEC To Conduct Polls

Today’s meeting is coming two days after the Council of State advised the INEC to go ahead and perform its constitutional responsibility of conducting the 2015 elections.

At the end of the Council’s meeting, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, told reporters that the INEC had told the council that it was ready for the conduct of the elections.

He said security chiefs also expressed their readiness but raised issues about some local governments currently under the control of the Boko Haram sect.

Parties Seek Shift Of Date

Before the council of state met, 16 registered political parties and four presidential candidates on Tuesday joined the call for postponement of the forthcoming general elections.

The presidential candidates, including Godson Okoye of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Sam Ekeh of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Tunde Anifowose Kelani, Action Alliance (AA), and Ganiyu Galadima (ACPN), insisted that the present security situation in the north-east and the untidy manner in which INEC had handled the distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) had triggered the call for the postponement.

They stressed that the level of violence, threat of violence and use of foul languages in political campaigns have been a clear breach of the Abuja Peace Accord which was signed by the 14 presidential candidates.

The political parties and their presidential candidates, who threatened to boycott the election if INEC ignores their request, argued that a credible election could not take place in a country where a geo-political zone would be practically excluded due to insecurity.

APC Kicks Against Election Postponement

Just before the council of states met, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, kicked against any attempt by the Federal Government to postpone the February 14 and 28 elections, warning members of the National Council of State, against being dragged into a postponement which could damage the nation’s electoral process.

The party accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of acting out a script to deny Nigerians the right to vote for their preferred leader.

The APC’s position was made known at a press conference in Abuja by its National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, who added that the consequences of polls shift might be unpredictable.

Doyin Okupe List Why Presidency Wants Elections Postponed

On Friday, the presidency listed some of the reasons it felt that going ahead with the February dates for the general elections, as scheduled by the INEC could “throw the country into turmoil and confusion”.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, “if the elections go on as planned, they may throw the country into chaos”.

While speaking at a press conference on the Council of State meeting held on Thursday, Dr. Okupe said the President would not engage in any form of subterfuge to pressurise INEC to change the dates of the elections.

He said that during the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, never insisted on the February dates as reported by some media organisations.

On the level of preparedness of INEC, Dr. Okupe stated that during the meeting, it was revealed that the only process that was 100 per cent concluded was the preparation and availability of the voters register.

APGA Sweeps Anambra LG Polls, Opposition Say Election Is Flawed

The result of the Local Government election held in Anambra state has been announced, with the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, clearing 20 chairmanship positions out of 21.

Declaring the result, Commissioner in-charge of Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Sylvester Okonkwo, said that the election in Nnewi North was declared inconclusive and would be held on Saturday, January 18.

In the councillorship result, APGA swept 304 wards; PDP cleared 12 wards while PPA and UPP won in one ward each.

Party officials and stakeholders in the electoral process of Anambra State gathered to witness the announcement of the outcome of the Local Government election at the premises of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC.

The elated National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, maintained that the victory of the ruling party was one well deserved, as the local government election having been conducted is a giant stride by the present administration in Anambra State in the New Year.

Some opposition parties however feel differently about the election which they said was not credible. Anambra State Chairman of Labour Party, Samuel Oraegbunam, condemned the process saying that ANSIEC lacked the competence to conduct the election.

Meanwhile, the ANSIEC Chairman has advised aggrieved persons to bear with the commission and channel their grievances properly to the court for redress.

Imo PDP Holds Rally For President Jonathan

The Imo chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP held a rally to seek support for President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Even though the president is yet to make any public pronouncement on his alleged ambition for the 2015 presidency, the rally which held in Owerri, Imo State capital, during the weekend saw the PDP leaders maintaining that the party is ready for the task ahead.

Addressing hundreds of PDP faithfuls at the Egbu Central School in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo state,  the Chairman of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in Imo State, Mr Jerry Chukwueke, said that the PDP led Federal Government under the Goodluck Jonathan administration has proven to Nigerians that theirs remains the party to beat in the 2015 elections, as the transformation agenda of the President has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people of the nation.

He added that the People’s Democratic Party in Imo state, and the entire Imo citizens are solidly behind the President if he considers contesting for presidency in 2015.

He also added that as part of their campaign, they are poised to ensure that power in Imo State returns to the People’s Democratic Party, come 2015.

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Owerri North LGA, Mr Obinna Lumanze, also said that the effort of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee will go a long way to boost the popularity of PDP at the state and the National levels. He called on Imo citizens to support the PDP so they can wrestle power from the opposition in 2015 in the state.

The highpoint of the occasion was the defection of some members of opposition parties in the state from APGA, APC, Labour Party and UPP to the People’s Democratic Party.