The National Chairman of the newly registered United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie has revealed that the Party’s Presidential ticket in 2015 general election has been allocated to the South East geo-political zone of the country.
The Chairman made this revelation Friday inAbujaafter the party’s first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the party’s national secretariat.
Reading the communique of the meeting to Journalists, Okorie said “United Progressive Party shall immediately put all machinery in motion for effective participation and contest of the 2015 presidential election in
Nigeria. In this regard, NEC has approved the zoning of the presidential slot of our great party for the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria to the South East geo-political zone.
All aspirants from the South East geo-political zone wishing to contest for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the 2015 presidential election are welcome to do so on the platform of our great party.”
He also used the forum to refute speculations making the rounds that his party was currently in merger talks with the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA and All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The communique further stated that the party will in its strictest sense, promote internal democracy as enshrined in its constitution.
On the issue of the autonomy of the local government councils in the country, the party said: “ The United Progressive Party supports further democratization of the process of Local Government election inNigeria.
In this regard, our great party supports the transfer of the responsibilities of the various States Independent Electoral Commission to INEC.
In this way, the decision and timing of the conduct of Local Government election shall not be left at the whims and caprices of State Governments and their political parties.”