The United Progressives Party says it will field an Igbo presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.
Its National Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, stated this on Saturday in a meeting with stakeholders in Awka, Anambra State.
He said there were competent Igbo who could pilot the affairs of the country and deliver it from its present economic quagmire.
Okorie said the Igbo naturally were not vindictive and so had the conduced spirit to lift the country as hardworking, creative and enterprising people.
He said the reign of the All Progressives Congress had divided the country into extremes.
He attributed the rising sectarian hate and conflicts to bad governance at the centre.
He said “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.”
Okorie, who stated this in Awka, Anambra State, during a press conference, said that APC had defrauded Nigerians by failing to make good its promises of bringing change.
“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 the UPP would zone its presidential slot to the south-east geopolitical zone in the 2019 general elections.
He maintained that the agitation for Biafra was proper in the prevailing circumstances, adding that Nigerians should not panic whenever they heard the name Biafra.
He said the quest for self-determination was recognised by international law and jurisprudence.