In 1983, Bamanga Tukur was the Governor of the defunct Gongola State (now Adamawaba) and 30 years later, he is today the Chairman of the ruling Party, The PDP; Dr. Bello Hallirummissioner in the Old Sokoto State (now Sokoto, Kebbi & Zamfara) and 33 years after he is today Minister of Defence; Major General David Mark(rtd) was the military governor of Niger State in 1984 and 28years later he is today the Senate President; Gov. Murtala Nyako was the governor of Niger State in 1976 and 36years later he is today the Governor of Adamawa State; Ogbonnaya Onu was governor of Abia State in 1992 and 20years after he is today the National Chairman of ANPP; Gov. David Jonah Jang was the governor of Benue State in 1985 and 27years after he is today the governor of plateau state; and Martins Elechi the Ebonyi State Governor is over 80 years old! Only in Nigeria is this possible, where the youth of today have no hope into the future! Where do we go from here? People Deceive People (PDP), 1985, IBB was the president of Nigeria and our teachers told us that Buhari was the former Head of state..Our teacher also called us "the leaders of tomorrow".. 27years later, IBB and Buhari are still contesting for Presidency..Its either our teacher lied to us about being the leaders of tomorrow..Or tomorrow is yet to come.. Who's fooling who? Some of us ran out of the country,Obasanjo went abroad chasing them, telling all nations to deport Nigerian youths. Let's stand and fight for our right cos we are the leaders of Today... Pls let all youth come to an alliance and fight for the unborn. We can't continue like this. Pass it to everyone if you believe in the NIGERIA DREAM. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I signed it,will you do the same by re-posting it. Shina: Nicely Done...It is time to step aside!!!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Unity Party of Nigeria without reservation supports the declaration of emergency on the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in other to stem down the level of violence inflicted on those states by Boko Haram .
The action of the President is in consonance with provisions of Section 305 of the Constitution regarding the procedure of state emergence.
We want to add , however, that under a Unity Party of Nigeria administration, the situation would not have been allowed to degenerate into this stage of constituting a threat to our national survival before it is nipped in the bud.
Boko Haram activities escalated as a result of failure of our security intelligence and the inability of the government to act decisively before now.
Nevertheless, the Unity Party of Nigeria urges all Nigerians to stand by President Jonathan Goodluck’s administration to ensure that peace quickly returns to Nigeria. The time of emergency is akin to war time and we should work together to restore peace to our land.
We should therefore eschew extreme partisanship and this is not to say that the opposition parties can not bring suggestions for peace , we must however be constructive as we give our opinions in a manner that would not endanger the security of our country in order to shame those who have vowed to make our country ungovernable.
Alhaji Bari Adedeji Salau
UPN protem Publicity Secretary
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Presidency on Sunday distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from plans to resuscitate the Unity Party of Nigeria, as claimed by the National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A political association, the Unity Party of Nigeria, said on Tuesday that it had paid the N1m non-refundable fee to the Independent National Electoral Commission to qualify for registration.
The acting National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Sokoto said the amount was paid on Monday vide an Ecobank cheque No: 130905, dated 02-04-2013.
“I confirm to you that we paid the N1m non-refundable registration fee to INEC yesterday (April 29).
“And INEC had acknowledged receipt of same the same day,” he said.
A letter conveying the payment to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, dated April 29, was made available toNAN in Abuja.
The letter was entitled ‘Re: Instruction to Register A Political Party: Request for Information/Modalities’.
It read in part, “We write to acknowledge receipt of political party (hereinafter referred to as Unity Party of Nigeria) registration form from Mr. Ben Nwaokenya Esq (acting National Legal Adviser) a fortnight ago.
“We have gone through the requirements for the party (hereinafter referred to as Unity Party of Nigeria) registration that come along with the form and we wish to present our One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) only registration fee for your commission.
“Other requirements will be met soonest.’’
Acting National Chairman of the group, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, also told NAN on telephone that they stood on the socio-political and economic legacies of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Equality of good fortune must be to each reward; liberty and brotherhood are the goals for which we will strive; plus plenty and the good things of life.
“All the political parties since 1999 have failed us. It is for this reason that we have resolved to create a platform for the platformless, create a voice for the generality of Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday granted leave to the African Peoples Congress, one of the groups jostling to be registered under the acronym, APC, to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The group is bitter that INEC failed to register it as a political party.
Ruling on an ex parte application brought by the association, Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted the party leave of the court to hear and adjudicate on the application filed in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/224/2013.
The court gave the party a week to file all its processes and serve same on INEC.
No hearing date had been fixed for the substantive suit.
The plaintiffs, numbering about 30, who sued on behalf of themselves and the party are seeking a declaration that INEC lacked the discretion to refuse to register an association as a political party once the conditions stipulated by the said defendant for registration are met.
In an application filed by their counsel, Ededem Ani of Awa Kalu SAN’s chambers, they asked the court to declare that being the principal members and promoters of the association known as African People’s Congress, they have met all conditions of eligibility for the registration of African’s People’s Congress as a political party.
PUNCH MAY 1, 2013
PUNCH MAY 1, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
WELCOME ADDRESS BY DR. FREDERICK FASEHUN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE RESUSCITATION OF THE UNITY PARTY OF NIGERIA (UPN) AT CENTURY HOTEL, LAGOS, ON APRIL 10, 2013
Distinguish Ladies and Gentlemen: We warmly welcome you to this maiden gathering of visionary Nigerians who are engineering the resuscitation of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN. OUR DISILLUSION WITH NIGERIAN POLITICS Let me begin by finding out something here and now. Please, we shall like to recognize all Nigerians at this gathering who are completely happy with happenings in Nigerian politics and government – could you please indicate through raising your hand? Obviously, only a handful of Nigerians, those in power are pleased with the quality of leadership and service that political parties have been giving our countrymen and countrywomen. But why is the greater majority of Nigerians disillusioned about the way politics has turned? One reason for our collective disappointment is that unlike many democracies of the world, government in Nigeria has failed to make the citizen the centerpiece of governance. Worldwide, democracy is seen as the government of the people, by the people, for the people. But the Nigerian situation is rather very paradoxical. Various groupings have had to form political platforms, most of which are non-ideological, and this is why although Nigerians have aspired to democracy, they have today achieved a situation far from democracy. What we have today at best is self-government and certainly not democracy. And this is the tragedy of our situation because, worldwide, there is a consensus that the best form of government is popular government, self-government or democracy. And one key element in any democratic configuration is political parties. Political parties come across as a group of people who share the same ideas about the way they want their country governed. But the politics we see in Nigeria today is bereft of idea or ideology, both of which serve as a compass by which a political party charts the roadmap for individual aspirations and national development. For many of us gathered here today, we agreed that we do not like the way our country has been administered at the local government, state and national level since 1999. Politicians who occupy the political space and public office have continued to behave like soldiers of an invading army, whose primary aim is to kill, to loot and to destroy. Unscrupulous politicians continued to stack away their loots in foreign bank accounts. Last year, Nigeria was ranked 139th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index. However, even without corruption, the cost of governance has become excessively prohibitive and unreasonable. So much that government is the most profitable industry in Nigeria today, with returns on investment well over 10,000 percent. There is real danger for the country and we cannot continue to fold our arms and watch politicians run the country aground through profligacy and corruption. From all indications, Nigeria will not survive beyond 2014 as a country, unless Nigerians rise up to evolve good political platforms and traditions. And UPN has come to provide such a credible platform. Those championing the resuscitation of UPN aim to bring sanity into Nigeria’s political space, beginning with the South-West. A credible political association such as UPN will serve as a reliable, focused, people-oriented political vehicle. UPN shall meet the true yearnings of Nigerians for quality education, for free health for all, for a functional transportation system, for rural-urban integration and for mass housing. Less that 30 percent of our yearly budget goes into the projects and purposes of which they are appropriated, while the bulk goes into the drainpipe of corruption, through vast cash holdings, Nigerian banks and foreign accounts. UPN AND AWO Going down memory lane, we all recollect that together with and his political associates from all across the country, UPN was founded in 1978 by the great Nigerian politician and ideologue, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The party carried on business until 1983 when it was swept out along with other parties in the coup led by General Muhammadu Buhari. Prior to the untimely resting of UPN, the pattern of election in the Second Republic showed that the party had a virtual monopoly of seats in the South-West and a sizable representation in the old Mid-West (that is Bendel State, now Edo and Delta states) and the North Central (especially in Kwara State, where it won the governorship seat). Concerning the genius of the UPN Founder, Former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson acknowledged that: “Chief Awolowo would have been an excellent Prime Minister of the United Kingdom or the President of the United States.” The former British PM went on to say that Awo had “genius plans for a greater Nigeria.” Should the legacy of such a man be left to rot away? Should his ideals not become the pole on which the entire country should revolve? Those internationally acknowledged plans UPN in revival has come to resuscitate. Just as obtains in the United States whose Democratic Party, established by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the 1790s, rates as the oldest party in the world, we aim to revive and build UPN into the oldest party in Nigeria. But much more than that, we have the vision of making it the most productive and the most people-oriented political organization in Nigeria and ultimately in Black Africa. This was the vision of the founding fathers, including not just Chief Obafemi Awolowo but also the likes of: Chief M.C.K. Ajuluchukwu, Chief Philip Umeadi, Alhaji Muhammadu kura, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, Professor Ambrose Alli, Alhaji Kayode Jakande, Chief Mrs. Osomo, Pa Michael Imoudu, Chief Jonathan Odebiyi, Chief Joseph Olawoyin, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Bisi Onabanjo and Chief Alfred Rewane. And we are determined that the labours of these heroes, living and dead, shall never be in vain. The operating ideology of the UPN shall be the truest traditions of AWOISM, TALAKAWANISM, SOCIAL DEMOCRACY and SOCIAL JUSTICE. We must bring the greatest good to the greatest majority of Nigerians. So help us God. Now I ask you: Do you commit yourself to this vision? Nigeria can be great. Nigeria can become the Giant of Africa. This is our motivation, this is our goal. LAI MOHAMMED AND HIS MISCHIEFS My attention has once more been drawn to a statement made yesterday by the Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Lai is not only being clever by half, Alhaji Lai is a liar. He lied against me and the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC by misinforming the public that I had secured a N2.4 billion contract to guard pipelines. Trouble dey sleep, yanga go wake am. Let us reemphasize that we shall not go out of our way to look for trouble, but if trouble comes knocking, we shall return fire for fire. A word is enough for the wise. Ladies and Gentlemen: I wish you fruitful and inspiring deliberations.