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Trouble in Anambra as Biafra Party suspends Governorship Aspirants

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The United Progressives Party (UPP) Anambra State chapter has suspended  indefinitely two of its governorship aspirants, namely: Chief Osita Chidoka, Chief Ofodille  and two national officers for alleged anti-party activities.

The party also announced the suspension of the National Treasurer, Mr. Flint Obiekwe and National Assistant Secretary, Nwabueze Anyichie following its emergency meeting in Awka on Tuesday.

Dr. Sylvester Igwilo, state chairman of the party, who addressed the press said their suspension remained pending the determination of their case by the party’s disciplinary committee of seven members set up in line with Article 21, Paragraphs 3 and 4 of its constitution.

He said Chidoka and Ofodille who defected to UPP from PDP did not show documentary evidence of their resignation from their former party as required by Article 7 paragraph B of UPP.

According to him, both aspirants introduced money politics in the party as well as inducing members to gain advantage.

“Introducing money politics and inducing members with cash donation which tends to bring the image of the party to ridicule.

“Going to Abuja to deposit illegal N5 million without consent and approval of state executive committee.

“Appearing for a purported screening without the approval and authority of the state Executive Committee outside the provision in the party’s constitution Article 16(d).

“Anti-party activities to undermine the state Executive Authority of the party,” he said.

Igwilo further said the two members of the National Executive Committee from Anambra, Obiekwe and Anyichie were suspended for their role in attempts to undermine the leadership of UPP in Anambra state.

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Reacting to the development, Chidoka said that he was unaware of his suspension as he had not been informed by the party.

The former minister of Aviation said he had not contravened any provision of the party constitution adding that he would not make further comments until he was duly notified.

He said he was busy meeting stakeholders and consulting ahead of the party’s primary as well as on how to build a stronger and more resilient UPP in Anambra and Nigeria in line with the ideology of the party.

Also, Ofodille described his suspension as surprising.

He said he would react after he had gotten and studied the grouse of the party against him.

Also reacting, the National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie said the development was a handiwork of enemies of party.

Okorie dismissed it as inconsequential as the officials and delegates for the party primaries were ready for exercise which would hold on August, 19.

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