Young Progressives Party

Young Progressives Party
ChairmanBishop Amakiri
SecretaryVidiyeno Bamaiyi
Founded7 June 2017; 6 years ago (2017-06-07)
HeadquartersBlock 10, Flat No. 1 Benue Crescent, Area 1, Garki Abuja
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
ColorsYellow, red, green
Slogan"Service to the people!"
Seats in the Senate
1 / 109
Seats in the House
2 / 360
Governorships
0 / 36
Seats in state Houses of Assembly
22 / 991
Website
ypp.ng

The Young Progressives Party (YPP) is a social-democratic political party in Nigeria. The party was created to challenge the two major contemporary parties in Nigeria, the People's Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. In its manifesto, it called for concerted efforts to improve welfare, fight for social justice and provide equality of opportunities for all citizens in Nigeria. The Young Progressive Party won one seat out of the 109 seats in the Nigerian Senate during the 2019 general elections.

History

The Young Progressive Party was formed in 2016 as a political association. On 7 June 2017, the association was officially registered as a political party having met all the requirements of being a party in Nigeria. The party was formed on the principles of social democracy and inclusive governance. The National chairman of the party is Bishop Amakiri and the party has over 30 million members across Nigeria.

2019

Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, emerged as the presidential candidate of the party with Mrs. Umma Getso, the Deputy National Chairman of YPP, a political activist and business entrepreneur who previously co-founded the National Progressive Movement (NPM) as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2019 elections.

Wole Soyinka, foremost playwright, and Citizen Forum, a group convened by him, supported the bid of Kingsley Moghalu. The Ooni of Ife ahead of the presidential election spoke on how passionate Moghalu was during his presidential campaign.

The party condemned the irregularities that marred the 2019 presidential election stressing that it was rigged in favor of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The party said that “the intimidation, maiming and killings of about forty citizens in some States of the Federation such as Rivers, Lagos, Kaduna and Bayelsa where we can confirm that there was massive rigging by both the APC and PDP will make the 2019 elections one of the most violent in our recent history."

Ifeanyi Ubah was the flag-bearer for the Young Progressive Party representing Anambra South senatorial district. On 25 February 2019, he was announced winner of the Anambra south senatorial seat in the Nigerian Senate making him the first candidate to have won a seat in the National Assembly under the YPP.

In 2018, Princess Adebisi Ogunsanya stood as Lagos state gubernatorial flag-bearer for the party. In 2019, she emerged as the leading female gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state, coming 8th of the 46 gubernatorial candidates in Lagos state.

2021

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah ran for the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election that occurred on September 19, 2020. Ubah was nominated by acclamation in an uncontested primary before being cleared to run by the national YPP leadership. Ubah was very optimistic that his party would beat others mercilessly, he however allayed the fears of Nigerians that the South-East crisis would disrupt the election. He came in 4th for the Anambra state gubernatorial election with a total number of 21,261 votes.

2022

In 2022, many important politicians and statesmen defected from both the PDP and APC to YPP due to the ineffectiveness of both parties. Alhaji Waziri Yakub Gobir, former financier, All Progressives Congress, APC,decamped to the Young Progressives Party, YPP while also seeking nomination as the party's standard-bearer for the Kwara's governorship election in 2023. He declared that politics in the state and country had been reduced to a game for the highest bidder. He was a key player in the ‘Otoge’ Movement that ousted the leading opposition party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from Kwara State. Chief Uche Okafor, the ex-Anambra commissioner of commerce, under Willie Obiano, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), defected to the Young Progressives Party (YPP). Adamu Garba II, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress also abandoned the party over the cost of its nomination forms and joined the YPP.

Ahead of the 2022 Nigeria-Ghana decider match, the Young Progressives Party, YPP, distributed 500 free tickets to members of its party and young Nigerians who could not afford to get themselves a ticket.

Party symbols

The logo of the party is a white open door on top of a map of Nigeria, which is coloured yellow, red, and green. The inscription of the party's acronym, YPP, is in white, and a green outline is present around the shape of the door.

The party's flag is a white background with the party's logo image in the centre, with the party's name in full below the logo. Three thin rectangular bars coloured in the official party colours are located on the right side of the flag (stretching from top to bottom), in the order (from left to right) of yellow, red, green.

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Year Party candidate Running mate Votes % Result
2019 Kingsley Moghalu Umma Getso 21,886 0.08% Lost Red XN

House of Representatives and Senate elections

Election House of Representatives Senate
Seats +/– Seats +/–
2023
2 / 360
2
1 / 109
Increase 1

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