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May 24, 2018

UPP blasts Okigwe traditional rulers for endorsing Buhari

… Condemns attack on Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned in very strong terms, the recent statement endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, by traditional rulers of Okigwe Zone. The party reminded such natural rulers and custodians of the people’s culture, norms and tradition, that they are expected to be neutral in politics. UPP’s great concern and embarrassment over the purported endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari for a second term by Okigwe Traditional rulers were contained in a release signed by the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa). “We are pained…

Thousands throng St. Paul’s Owerri as Ejike Uche buries mother in-law

  St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri was filled to as the remains of Ezinne Francisca Onyemuwa Njoku, mother in-law of the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, were laid to rest, March 2. In a sermon during the funeral Mass, the assistant parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry, reminded people that they will all die some day and urged them to love God and worship Him in truth and in spirit. The priest noted that there are testimonies that Ezinne Njoku lived a good life while alive and urged people not to take…

UPP chieftain decries policy summersault in Imo” – Calls for e-voting in 2019

  After reflecting on the way and manner Governor Rochas Okorocha is running Imo State, especially the recent appointment of a whopping 29 commissioners, a chieftain of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chris Ejike Uche has described the governor’s action as “flight of reason and policy summersault.” In a Press Release issued in Owerri, Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) recalled that earlier in the administration of Governor Okorocha, he reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 13. “The argument then was that there was need to embark on maximum fund reservation. That sounded reasonable then even though recession had…

Ejike Uche bemoans state of Imo – As UPP honours him

Renowned politician, Chris Ejike Uche has decried what he called “hogwash, hiccups and mob type” of growth in Imo State, noting that the so called “Urban Renewal Programme” of the current administration is turning into “urban destruction.” Speaking during a reception organized in his honour by UPP executives, Orlu zone, Sept. 4, Ejike Uche who is the Deputy National Chairman UPP (South) said the present administration has not established any industry since inception, rather, the ones established by late Governor Sam Mbakwe have all been erased. He listed the industries as – Shoe Industry, Abutu Poultry, Tile Industry, Adapalm, Concorde…

Ejike Uche heads Anambra UPP Primary Congress – Says it will be transparent

The outcome of the United People’s Party (UPP) Congress in Anambra State expected to hold  Saturday August 19, in Awka, would be transparent, Sir Ejike Uche, Chairman of the Primary Congress told The Leader in Owerri before leaving to Awka.   “The congress would be transparent, a starting point of democracy, there will be no imposition of candidate, everything would be done in full glare of the delegates, press, observers, INEC,” he said, adding that “UPP as a party that parades a National chairman of integrity, wisdom and knowledge would not settle for less.”   In answer to a question,…

Attack on Archbishop Obinna: UPP blasts Okorocha

The Imo State branch of the United Progressives Party – UPP, has chided Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his recent attack against the revered Catholic cleric, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, who is also the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese. Speaking in reaction to the altercation between the Governor and the Archbishop, the party recalled that Okorocha once rode on the back of the highly respected and out spoken prelate to power and wondered why he never realized that the Archbishop was playing partisan politics until recently when the prelate advised the Governor to “rule with a human face…

APGA not in merger with UPP …Chief Ejike Uche not an APGA member

The members of All Progressives Grand Alliance and her teeming supporters in Nigeria and Diaspora have frowned and expressed their dismay at the shocking, embarrassing, misleading, malicious and false publication in The Leader Newspaper edition of November 13, 2016 titled: Why APGA merged with UPP.   In that edition, one Chief Ejike Uche chose a shameful and disgraceful path in his politicking by the aforesaid caption and claim as the National Chairman and/or the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.   To put the records straight, Chief Uche and his handful cohorts are not members of All…

Why APGA merged with UPP – APGA National Chairman

Reasons for the recent merger of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with the United Progressives Party (UPP) have been made public. They include: The party being engulfed in an intractable and lingering leadership tussle for the past 13 years, with the likelihood of the court litigations lasting till 2019 general elections. That Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi State stakeholders perceive the way their Anambra counterparts run the affairs of the party (as if it were only an Anambra affair) as a betrayal of the mission of the founding fathers of APGA. These facts were contained in the address by…

Imo Guber Polls: APGA, UPP call for cancellation of results

  The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rejecting the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections held in the State on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and called for their total cancellation. In a petition addressed to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) Signed by their State Chairman, Barr (Sir) Peter Ezeobi, APGA maintained that the results do not reflect the true picture of the voting that took place. “As witnessed by our agents, the voters, observers, and the media, the elections were characterized by voter intimidation, violence, including the shooting…

Periscoping 2015 elections

The next round of general elections to usher in a new set of democratically elected leaders of the country is around the corner.  Election fever has gripped all segments of the society with the changing political landscape. Going by INEC’s rescheduled guidelines, elections will hold on March 28 and April 11, 2015 for all elective positions at the national and state levels respectively. The die is cast! President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking to retain power at the centre through self-succession.  The only rival he has to beat to clinch the Presidency for a…

Osmond Foundation builds N5.5m bungalow for homeless widow

It was incredible, unbelievable but true and all tears of joy from a homeless widow, and mother of three, Mrs. Glory Adanna Nwosu, as she received the keys to a self-contained three-bedroom bungalow built for her by the Osmond Foundation at Avu in Owerri West L.G.A. Prince Nnamdi Ugwuezuonu, who represented the Chairman of the Foundation, Dr. Sir Osmond Imo Ukanacho, said that the gesture was in reponse to the pathetic story of how, lack of a house in their village Avu to live,had forced Mrs. Nwosu and her children to stay back at Sapele for some years now after…

Anglican Donates Brand New Bus to Atta CWO

The combined spirit of ecumenism and philanthropy was showcased last Sunday, July 28, 2013, at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Atta Ikeduru when Dr. Desmond Ukanacho, a Philanthropist and an Anglican by faith donated a brand new 12- seater Nissan bus to the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the parish. The gesture was the fulfilment of a pledge he made a few months ago, during the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Mothers Day celebration for 2013. The Philanthropist, who also hails from Atta explained that he would have delivered the bus earlier but for the fact that he had been away from…