According to reports, the United Progressive Party (UPP), alongside 73 other political parties have recently been deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their inability to meet the complete requirements of a political party in Nigeria.
However, on Friday, the UPP declared that they had merged with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and they would not be suing INEC over its deregistration.
A former National Chairman of UPP, Dr Chekwas Okorie, in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja, indicated that the decision to merge was reached by all stakeholders in the party.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other stakeholders of UPP met on Feb. 20 at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
“We reviewed the action of INEC in deregistering UPP along with 73 other political parties and we resolved not to challenge INEC in the court of law.
“We, however, commend the parties that have headed for the court, knowing that it is within their constitutional right to approach the courts for judicial intervention,” he said.
He also implied that the UPP reviewed numerous options available, including the hands of fellowship extended to the party by some other political parties that survived the INEC deregistration.
Okorie explained that on Aug. 17, 2018, the UPP had even opted to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term, collaborating with members of APC for the campaign.