By Hafsat Abdullahi
The United Progressives Party (UPP) has said that what Nigeria requires in this trying time is a revolutionary agenda to soothe aggrieved sections of the country.
In an independence message to Nigerians issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Ogbuehi Dike, UPP thanked God for keeping Nigeria united despite unprecedented military intervention, civil war, political upheavals, economic recession, religious tensions, terrorism, Boko Haram insurgency, militancy, kidnappings, armed robberies and social injustice that breed agitations and secession in some parts of the country.
“The occasion calls for sober reflection on the vision of the nation’s founding fathers who labored for a Federal Republic of Nigeria based on the principles of democracy and social justice.
“Today, the state of the nation is bad and requires a revolutionary agenda as propounded and articulated by the United Progressive Party to put it on the path of rectitude and development.”, the statement said.
The party further pointed out that it is of the firm view that its manifesto of self-determination, restructuring, referendum, unconditional release of prisoners of conscience, resource control, state police/community policing, true federalism etc, are the panacea for the multifarious challenges facing the nation.
It therefore reaffirmed its policy to zone its presidential slot to the South East geopolitical zone in 2019, adding that UPP is the only true progressive party that will grant all federating units the latitude to explore and exploit their comparative advantages for national growth and development, if elected into power.
While advocating for the use of the Electronic Voting System in all elections in Nigeria to ensure the credibility and transparency of the electoral process as obtainable in advanced democracies, the party called on INEC to use the upgraded Card Reader which will transmit results direct from the polling units to the central server in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election to stop the rumour that the Commission is already compromised.
“It is the best electoral service and gift INEC will offer to Nigerians who have been serially robbed of their votes by political buccaneers masquerading as democrats.
We urge the Anambra State electorate to vote massively for the United Progressive Party’s Governorship and Deputy Governorship Candidates, Chief Osita Chidoka and Chief Marcel Ogbonnaya Okeke respectively in the 18th November 2017 gubernatorial poll.
“UPP has offered the good people of Anambra State the best Governorship candidate who, along with his running mate and stakeholders, will formulate policies and programmes that will transform the State and provide dividends of democracy to the longsuffering citizens.”, the party said in the statement.
It said Chidoka is a symbol of a tiger who will protect the assets of Anambra people, develop the state, and create jobs that will improve the people’s standard of living, adding that UPP’s manifesto is the party’s social contract with the people.
Meanwhile, the party said the recent deployment of the military in the South East has raised a lot of controversy which is not good for the nation’s democracy nay the unity of this country, and therefore called on the federal government to review it in the interest of peace, stability, unity and progress of the nation.