The United Progressives Party (UPP), has cleared former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka and a two-term member of the House of Representatives, Hon Chudi Offodile, to contest for its primaries ahead of the November 18 Anambra State governorship election.
The clearance was confirmed in the report of the party’s Screening Committee, headed by Alhaji Sadeeq Masalla.
The UPP has also slated its primary election to pick its governorship candidate for Saturday ,19th August , 2017, at Awka, Anambra State.
A statement at the weekend in Abuja by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike assured that UPP will be fair and transparent in its dealings as well as abide by its guidelines in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the primary election.
The statement reads, “The United Progressive Party has continued to abide by its guidelines in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in its preparation for the 18th November Governorship Election in Anambra State.
“At the close of nomination on Thursday 10th August 2017, the Screening Committee of the Party led by the National Secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Masalla screened the two aspirants who fulfilled the requirements of the Party to be screened.
“They are –Hon. Chudi Offodile, a two term member of the House of Representatives and Chief Osita Chidoka, former Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corps and immediate past Minister of Aviation.
“Following the report of the Screening Committee, the Party can now confirm that Hon. Chudi Offodile and Chief Osita Chidoka are eligible to participate in its Primary Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 19th August 2017, at Awka, Anambra State.
“We wish to seize this opportunity to reassure all the members of our great Party and the general public that in compliance with our commitment and pledge the Primary Election shall be transparent, credible and a level playing ground provided for all the accredited delegates and aspirants contesting for the Party gubernatorial ticket.
“All relevant stakeholders especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), pro-democracy agencies and organizations as well as local and foreign media shall be accredited to observe and monitor our primary election proceedings,” it said.