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UPN Disowns Okuwa, Confirms Fasehun As Chairman

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah Lagos

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has disowned Professor Bankole Okuwa, currently parading himself as its National Chairman, describing him as a “joker.”

In a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Honourable Adeoye Jolaosho, the party said Dr. Frederick Fasehun, the pioneer leader, remained the National Chairman of the party.

“By virtue of the first UPN National Convention held at the Yard 158 Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos, last January 9, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, the pioneer National Chairman of the party, was returned to the position,” said Jolaosho.

He said the election of Fasehun as well as other members of the National Executive Council (NEC) complied with Article II Section 7(2) of the party’s constitution.

Disowning Okuwa, Jolaosho said: “We have never seen this pretender, the so-called Professor Okuwa, the supposed new National Chairman, at any UPN meeting.  He has never been registered as a member of the party, talk more of being a member of our national executive.”

According to the UPN Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Professor Okuwa was a total stranger to the party, was liable to be prosecuted for impersonation and should stop parading himself as an officer of the party.

Jolaosho traced the genesis of Okuwa’s claim to the same forces that rose against the resuscitation of the UPN in 2013.

According to him, it was clear that Okuwa was another phase in the fight by those threatened by UPN’s emergence, especially in the South-West.

“This is the equivalent of a civilian coup attempt, but it is a failed coup attempt. It is dead on arrival,” he said.

He added: “It is a great shame that a whole Professor should reduce himself to the position of a stooge and a puppet, to be controlled by moneybags and politicians whose sole interest is the destabilising of the party.”

Jolaosho also chided Okuwa for tagging Fasehun a rascal.

He said: “It is the height of disrespect for anyone in this country to call a renowned elder statesman like Dr. Fasehun a rascal. It shows disrespect and lack of proper upbringing.”

“This freedom fighter founded the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), and he and the group fought for the enthronement of the democracy we enjoy today in Nigeria.”