The Abia State chapter of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has refuted media claims suggesting the collapse of its structures into the Labour Party (LP).
This response comes in light of the reported appointment of the State Chairman, Mr. Chimezie Nelson, as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the transition Chairman of Umuahia North LGA, Victor Ikeji.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bestman Eruba, YPP clarified that Nelson’s appointment into the LP-led administration should be viewed as an individual decision and not indicative of the party’s dissolution in Abia State.
Eruba emphasized that the YPP has not entered into any official alliance with the LP and has no intentions to do so.
He assured members and supporters that the State Working Committee (SWC) and party leaders would convene soon to review the situation and take necessary actions.
“We are a party with a distinct ideology and principles as enunciated in our constitution; accordingly, the decision of the party chairman cannot be deemed as the collapse of the most prosperous party in Abia State,” the statement noted.
Chimezie Nelson, who reportedly assumed the role of SSA on Revenue Mobilization to the Mayor of Umuahia North LGA, Victor Ikeji, was quoted declaring himself as “one of you” during an address to Umuahia North officials upon resumption of duty.
YPP, a significant opposition party in Abia, played a prominent role in the 2023 general elections, securing victories in the Osisioma political axis and parts of Obingwa LGA.
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