By Eze Amaeshi
The United Progressive Party(UPP), Imo State Chapter has finally collapsed into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), thereby bringing a formal end to the once vibrant political party founded by Chief Chekwas Okorie as an alternative party to the Igbos after he lost control of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) following a protracted battle with Chief Victor Umeh for the soul of APGA.
A reliable source within the state leadership of UPP who spoke to Edge Express newspaper on condition of anonymity disclosed that the two political parties had set up a 14-man committee which had been meeting to formalize the new marriage with the UPP hoping for a 20% contribution of officers to the state leadership of the PDP whenever congress holds.
This development is strategic to the PDP which is working very hard to re-position itself as the dominant force in Imo politics, especially following the loss of their hold on state government and the subsequent defection of their former state chairman, Chief Ezekwem Charles to the APC. It will be recalled that towards the run-up to the 2019 general elections, the founder of the UPP and its National Chairman, Chief Chewas Okorie had dumped the party and joined the APC, leaving UPP without national leadership.
The proposed marriage between UPP and PDP is being led by the UPP National Vice Chairman, Chief Ejike Uche (DimKpasaa) and Prof. Francis Dike of the Orlu Elders Council with Prof. Protus Uzonma facilitating or brokering the merger.
An announcement of the merger is expected in July and the composition of the PDP ward and LGA excos will not be affected since they have already concluded their congresses.