The National Secretary of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Sokoto, yesterday said the party would give out its nomination forms free of charge to any eligible disabled persons as well as women seeking to contest for elective office on the party’s platform ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Abubakar stated this in Sokoto, while intimating party members on the approved membership cards as well as party nomination forms for candidates who want to vie for elective offices.
He said the offices include that of presidency, governorship, national assembly as well as state House assembly seats across the federation.
Speaking further, Abubakar said the party presidential nomination fee cost N5 million while nomination fee for the gubernatorial isN2.5 million.
The National Secretary also added that the party considered any aspirant vying for a Senatorial seat is to pay the sum of N1.5 million while that of Houses of Representatives and state assembly were pegged at N500, 000 and N250, 000 respectively.
He noted that the party’s position on both women and the disabled was to prove to the public that UPN is a truly and only peoples’ oriented political party in the country. He said unlike other political platforms, UPN lowered the cost of the nomination forms because it is committed to give average Nigerians opportunity for self service, irrespective of gender and other natural factors.
“Unity Party of Nigeria is the party of the people, we believe that there are many quality electable materials eligible to contest for various position in this country, and to render quality services but because of the high fees charged by other political parties.” Abubakar explained.
The UPN scribe however lampooned other political parties for not putting into consideration the interest of the masses when implementing their policies, saying “the two political parties in this country have not done much to uplift Nigerians for better.
He added that since the advent of the forth republic the country only witnessed the monumental progression in the increase of poverty, frightening insecurity and indulgence in corrupt practices with impunity.
Abubakar revealed that the party if elected in 2015 would roll out its four cardinal programmes that include free education, free health services, integrated rural development as well as employment opportunity for all Nigerians. He averred that this could in no means tame many developmental challenges facing the country.
The UPN chieftain also inaugurated members of the State Caretaker Committee with Barrister Aliyu Jafaru as Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Torankawa as Secretary while Alhaji Usman Hassan and Alhaji Ibrahim Gandi Oga were introduced as Treasurer and Publicity respectively.