The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday in Abuja said it has approved the registration of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi.
He said that the registration of the party was approved at the last meeting of the commission which held on April 17.
“The commission at its meeting held on Thursday April 17, approved the registration of the UPN, the applicant having met the legal requirements for registration.
“The registration of UPN brings to 26 the total number of political parties in Nigeria,’’ Mr. Osaze-Uzzi said.
Commenting on the development, Adedeji Salau, the UPN National Publicity Secretary, said in a statement posted on the party’s website that the journey was a long and tedious one.
Mr. Salau thanked all “Nigerian patriots” who had kept faith with the party.
“There has never been any occasion before now when an unregistered party has generated so much interest as that of the UPN,’’ he said.
UPN was floated by Dr. Frederick Fashehun, a factional leader of Odua People Congress, OPC as an imitation of an immensely popular party with similar name led in the Second Republic by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The Awo UPN won all the elections in the then south west states of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos and Bendel in 1979 and also had the second highest representation in both chambers of National Assembly.