- At a meeting held in Awka, Anambra state on Saturday, July 8, Chief Chekwas Okorie said the agitation for Biafra was justified
- Okorie, who is the chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), said his party has zoned the 2019 presidential slot to south-east
As agitations for restructuring and secession continue to plague Nigeria, the United Progressives Party (UPP) has declared that it would field an Igbo candidate as presidential candidate in the 2019.
The Punch reports that this decision was revealed by the party’s national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, on Saturday, July 8.
Okorie said at a stakeholders’ meeting in Awka, Anambra state the Igbos have competent people who could effectively run the affairs of the country and move it from its current economic status.
According to him, Igbo people are not vindictive. As a result, they have the spirit to lead the country without sentiments.
Okorie, who said Nigerians are now very divided since the All Progressives Congress (APC) came on board, added that bad governance was responsible for the current tension in the country.
“The ruling All Progressives Congress has divided the country along primordial cleavages more than any government had done. The APC has brought Nigeria to near disintegration.
“We have been politically defrauded by a political party that canvassed true federalism while it sought for the votes of trusting Nigerians, but in a very unscrupulous and unconscionable manner promptly jettisoned its avowed article of faith, and foisted on harmless Nigerian citizens the worst form of nepotism, reductionism, lethargy, cluelessness and retrogression,” he said.
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Maintaining that the agitation for Biafra was justified in the current circumstances, the politician said the party’s presidential slot would be zoned to the south-east in the forthcoming election.
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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo warned all individuals and group to desist from violent and hateful speeches.
In a recent video, Osinbajo said it is well understood that there are frustrations and challenges which come with seeking better livelihood.
Osinbajo said: "And while we all dearly preoccupy ourselves with pursuit for the Nigerian dream which is the desire to better our lives and circumstances vigorously and honestly."