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Dr Chekwas Okorie: A profile

2015-02-01 14:11

Chekwas Okorie is the Presidential candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP).

Okorie was born on March 19, 1953, at Amaeke Alayi in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He is the eldest surviving son of the late Eze Edward Okorie Emerih, the Igboji of Alayi who reigned from 1960-1978. 

He attended St. Michael's Primary School, Umuahia and St. Joseph's Catholic School, Alayi.

For his secondary education, he attended Annunciation Secondary School Isuikwuato in 1967 and graduated in 1973 due to the three-year disruption of education during the Nigeria-Biafra War. 

Chekwas, as he is fondly called, proceeded to the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1974, where he studied Management. He graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree 

While in the university Chewas participated actively in student unionism. He had an early tutelage in human rights and civil rights as a member of the Igbo Forum in the univesity. The organization later metamorphosed into what is now known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo.   

Chekwas had a brief teaching experience as a Lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State during his National Youth Service. He also had a stint as an Assistant Manager with the Nigerian Reinsurance Corporation in 1979 and worked for about four years with the West African Water Drilling and Allied Co. Ltd., where he rose from Commercial Manager to General Manager in 1982.

In 1982, Chekwas floated Chel Water Nigeria Ltd. which has given birth to other subsidiary companies.

In politics Chewas has been a prominent and vocal member of all the political parties and associations he had belonged to.

He was the Secretary, National Finance Committee, United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP); Founder and Secretary General, Peoples Democratic Congress (PDC) 1996 and 1998; Member, National Caucus of All Peoples Party (APP), which later became the ANPP and now part of the APC.

He also pitch his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party and contested for the secretaryship of the party at the national convention of te party in 1999 but lost out

In 2002, Okorie founded the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). This singular achievement placed him as the first Igbo person to become the Founder and National Chairman of a registered national political party in Nigeria.

He was, however tossed out of APGA in 2012 due into the wrangling within the party.

He then teamed up with his supporters to form the United Progressive Party (UPP). The party was registered by the Independent National Electoral commission in 2012

By this singular feat, Okorie became the fourth Nigerian to launch two political parties in their life time. The other three were Obafemi Awolowo who founded Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Aminu Kano, who founded Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), and Waziri Ibrahim, who founded Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) and Great Nigeria Peoples Party. 

Aside being the party’s presidential candidate, he is also the party’s National Chairman.
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