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I am not a member of UPN - Tony Uranta

11 April 2013, 08:40

Lagos - The Executive Secretary, National Summit Group (NSG), Mr Tony Uranta, on Wednesday said he had never been a member of yet to be registered Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uranta made the declaration at the venue of the maiden meeting of the UPN in Lagos.

NAN reports that the meeting was chaired by the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Federick Fasehun, who is also the Chairman of the UPN Resuscitation Committee.

Uranta explained that he was at the event not to represent the presidency but was there to identify with Fasehun on individual basis.

"Fasehun is a member of the NSG and he is a man I respect a lot. When Prof. Wole Soyinka launched his party, I was there also.

"At a point in one's life, there are personalities with credibility that one cannot help but identify with.

"I am not a politician. I am an activist and my being here is purely on solidarity levels," he said.

He decried the politicisation of every event in Nigeria, adding: "It's so unfortunate that people try to rope you in once you are seen in a political event."

He advised politicians to learn to give others a chance, saying that this was what politics should be.

NAN reports that the UPN was founded by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the second republic.

On the alleged killing of some policemen in Bayelsa, Uranta, who is also the Chairman Izon Ikemi, an Ijaw group, said that the crime was not committed by militants.

"I sincerely pray that the criminals who committed the dastardly act are apprehended," Uranta said.


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