With agitations for restructuring and outright dismemberment of the country taking a powerful turn lately, the United Progressives Party (UPP) has adopted articles on the need to restructure the country as part of its manifesto.
These articles which include issues such as self-determination, true federalism, resource control, state and community policing were adopted at the party’s national convention in Awka, Anambra state.
Making a clarification on the issue, the national chairman of the UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie however said self-determination was not synonymous to dismemberment.
“What we are doing is to allow every federating unit the right under the constitution of Nigeria to explore and exploit its own comparative advantage and grow at its own pace and not be held down by an overwhelming and overbearing federal government.”
Chief Okorie said the nation needed genuine change that will give all segments a sense of belonging.
The convention provided the opportunity for the 7 Anambra state governorship aspirants under the party to address party faithfuls on their areas of concern.
One of the governorship aspirants is former minister of aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka.
“At every time when this country has been at a cross-road, Igbos have been at the centre of that cross-road. The question in Nigeria has always been, which way Nigeria, according to Sunny Okosun. And what is important about which way Nigeria is that we have to find that way that accommodates all Nigerians.”
Other aspirants for the governorship of Anambra under the UPP include Chief Chudi Offordile and Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) monitored the convention.
The UPP was registered by INEC on 2nd October 2012, but it has not be able to record any significant victory in either local or national elections.