A national leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Rotimi Paseda, on Tuesday gave insight to how he reintroduced the party for last year’s general election.
UPN, with late Obafemi Awolowo as its leader and presidential candidate, was the main opposition party of Nigeria’s Second Republic between October 1979 and January 1983.
Mr. Paseda, while featuring on a live radio programme,”Podium”, on Sweet F.M Abeokuta, said he started the process of reviving the party with like minds while he was living outside the country.
He said on his return to Nigeria, he contacted a leader of the Oodua People’s Congress, Fredrick Faseun, with whom he worked to secure the registration of the party within four months and on time for the elections.
“It took us just four months to revive the party to relevance. I chose UPN because of late Obafemi Awolowo’s policies, of which I was a beneficiary,” Mr. Paseda disclosed.
He said the party was active in 17 states in the federation. He, however, admitted that the party could not prepare well for the last elections and recorded no victory because it was registered too close to the polls.
The politician said the elections taught him some lessons that make him optimistic for the 2019 general election.
Mr. Paseda, who was the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State, said he would be a major player in the next political dispensation in the state.
“I am the person to beat in the next political dispensation. I have time to prepare now, unlike the last time when we had just four months to prepare for the election. UPN structure was weak then”, he said.