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Friday, 16 June 2017

In Enugu UPP formalises merger with APGA faithful


Onyekaonwu said that members of UPP were ready to receive APGA structure in the state to their party.
The National Executive Committee of the
United Progressive Party (UPP) on
Thursday formalised the merger between
members of the party and a section of the
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in
Enugu State.
The Chairman of the UPP harmonisation
committee, Chief Chris Uche, said at a meeting
in Enugu that the exercise became necessary to
forestall mutual suspicion between the founding
members of the party and the new entrants.
Uche said that the national leadership of the
party had agreed to a sharing formulae between
the two groups, adding that no one needed to
feel cheated under the new arrangement.
He said that 70 per cent of the party structure
in the state would be retained by the founding
members of the party while those from APGA
would get 30 per cent.
“This meeting signals the birth of the merger
between the two parties as we formally receive the
APGA structure in the state.
“Some founding members of the UPP have been
jittery, thinking that their positions will been
usurped under the new arrangement.”
Uche said that the leadership of the party
wanted to carry everybody along to justify the
confidence it had on party faithful.
He noted that similar harmonisation had been
done in states in the South-West, which he said,
had embraced the party.
The chairman further 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.
Uche said that the party had taken root in the
South-East and was ready to prosecute the
forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.
In his remark, the Chairman of the state chapter
of UPP, Mr Ken Onyekaonwu , described the
occasion as historic.
Onyekaonwu said that members of UPP were
ready to receive APGA structure in the state
which, according to him, has become ubsumed
to their party.
“UPP has come to stay in Enugu and we see it as
a way of having total control of our state.
“The foundation members of the APGA, with 90
per cent of members of the party in the state, are
joining us today and we are happy.”
Onyekaonwu said that the party had a unique
ideology and belief in the welfare of the people.
Also speaking, the Chairman of APGA in the
state, Mr Ogbonna Agu, said the members
decided to join UPP due to the incessant crisis
that had bedevilled the party since 2011.
Agu said that remaining in APGA would amount
to going into political oblivion, adding that the
party had collapsed in the state.
“APGA is in a big trouble in Enugu. It has been
enmeshed in one problem or the other since
2011 and we see UPP as the most credible
option.”
Agu said that he joined the new party with all
members of APGA State Working Committee
and their supporters.

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