United Progressive Party (UPP) has withdrawn its party from the 2019 presidential election. The party made this know yesterday, during a media briefing at the party’s national secretary, Abuja.
The national chairman of the party, Dr Chekwas Okorie, said that the party has taken this decision in order to use the period between now and 2023, to consolidate its nationwide political structure and concentrate energy and resources in active participation in other elective positions including governorship, senators, house and states assembly elections, in the country.
Okorie said that the UPP will continue to explore the possibility of a constructive engagement with a political party or parties through alliance for electoral leverage and enhanced advantage in the democratic contests.
According to him, NEC has mandated the national working committee to review the reports of the various committees that have attended meetings on alliance/coalition with other political parties in the interest of the party. NEC has also approved the exemption of the payment of the nomination fees by Nigerian youths from the age of thirty years old downwards, for all elective offices, in line with the recent Not Too Young to Run law.
Other categories of Nigerians exempted from paying nomination fees for any elective office in the general election are women and those that are physically challenged.
He maintain that NEC has reviewed nomination fees for other aspirants on the platform of the party downwards to make participation in the elections on our party platform affordable to eligible Nigerians and the usual fees for expression of interest has also been removed.