Abuja - The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has ratified the election of its new national leadership, the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto, has said.
Sokoto revealed in Abuja on Sunday that the new officials were elected at the party’s first national convention held in Kaduna from March 6 to 7.
According to him, the election of Professor Bankole Okuwa as UPN’s new National Chairman at the convention was accepted by INEC.
"This followed a convention report we (the party) submitted to INEC for consideration," said the scribe.
Other National Executive Committee members elected at the convention were Dr Manzo Abubakar as Deputy National Chairman; Bari Salau, National Publicity Secretary; and Dr Ola Olateju, National Organising Secretary.
Similarly, Chinedu Okeke was elected as National Treasurer; Dare Adesope, National Youth Leader, and seven ex-officio members.
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Sokoto said that the convention was held in accordance with the provisions of Section 3, sub-section 1.2 (Election of Officers) of the party’s constitution.
"762 delegates from the 36 states and FCT Abuja participated at the convention out of expected 774 delegates in accordance with Article III, Section 2.2 of our constitution," said the national scribe.
According to him, this information is also contained a letter sent to INEC by the party receipt of which was acknowledged on April 21, 2015, by the electoral ombudsman.
The missive, titled as Report of the UPN National Convention held in Kaduna, was jointly signed by the Secretary of Convention Committee, Olushola Edward, and the national secretary of the party.
He promised that UPN would provide a credible opposition under the new leadership through constructive criticism and urged Nigerians to join the party.
However, Sokoto also pledged the party’s resolve to support President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the country and deliver dividends of democracy to the people.