In what appears a practical commitment to adhere to the tenets of the Not Too Young To Run Act, the United Progressive Party, UPP has declared free Nomination/Expression of Interest forms for aspirants below 30 years.
The decision was taken after a National Executive Council meeting of the party held in Abuja.
The new guidelines implies that 30 year old aspirants and below can now aspire for the House of Representatives or State Assembly by joining the UPP at the ward level.
Physically challenged persons and female aspirants who seek to aspire for any elective office on the party’s platform will not pay a dime as nomination forms as well.
The UPP has become the first political party in Nigeria to adhere to the Not Too Young To Run Act.
Coincidentally, the originator of the Act, Imo State born Hon Tony Nwulu is a leading governorship aspirant of the UPP in Imo State.
He is 39 years old and adjudged to be the youngest governorship aspirant in Imo State with overwhelming support from thousands of youths across the State.
For those above 30 years, the party
announced a reduction for the cost of nomination and Expression Interests forms .
Those running for governorship will now pay N3million naria rather than 5million for the forms . Those running for senate will now purchase their forms for N500,000 rather than 1 million naria.
State Assembly aspirants who used to pay N250,000 will now part with N50,000.
These measures are expected to translate to huge influx of young aspirants into the UPP which is growing in leaps and bounds especially in Imo State since Hon.Tony Nwulu announced his intention to run for Imo governorship on the party’s platform.