Proposed Parties Reduction: Kwara UPP urges NASS to stay action  

The Kwara State chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Hon David Abu Ifabiyi has called on the National Assembly to tarry a while over its planned moved to reduce political parties across the country from the present ninety-one to just five.
The NASS leadership under Ahmed Lawan has said the decision will help to further strengthen the electoral process and allows INEC to deregister any political party that fails to win any seat during election.
But according to Ifabiyi while speaking on the issue weekend with Pilot Politics, such move may not augur well with most political parties.
“Generally all over the world, there are always rooms for more political parties and Nigerian should not be an exception. Most party chairmen in Kwara State have been discussing over the issue. What NASS is proposing may not augur well with political parties and I will strongly advise they tarry a while before taking any action on the issue”, he noted.
He said UPP will field candidates for the Kogi and Bayelsa elections slated for November 16, adding that that party has been strategising to improve on his political fortunes in the state.
“We are not keeping quiet, although our activities may be low in Kwara. But whoever has been following events will know that our national chairman has always been in the news criticizing the ruling government constructively, same with our state chairmen across the country who have been responding to political developments in their domain.
“UPP is fielding candidates for the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states and we are making efforts to field candidates in the forthcoming IPAC election. We hope to roll out some programmes to let the masses know that UPP is still very much on ground in the state and waxing stronger”.
On the political situation in Kwara State, Ifabiyi said “UPP contested and fielded candidates for the last governorship election but lost. Since then, I have been telling people that this government is a new one and we need to give them time to settle down for them to achieve.  At the same time, they need our collective support and prayers. Kwara belong to all of us, if they succeed, we all succeed together”, he submitted.
He said recent political situation in the state “will not necessarily affect the council election next year. We have retraced our steps and saw where we went wrong in the past.  It will be a different ball game this time around and we shall field candidates because UPP is very much on ground”, he added.

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