… Sign MOU to present Presidential Candidate
The coalition formed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) and 36 other political parties on Monday with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a grand alliance to form a government of national unity in 2019 may have rattled the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC).
The MOU as entered into by the political parties is towards producing a joint Presidential candidate capable of winning the election and enthrone a new government at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2019.
In his opening remarks, the former Acting National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Ben Obi said the various parties chose to come together to salvage the nations and put to end all semblance of nepotism and tribalism.
According to him, the President Buhari administration has left Nigerians more divided than they were in 2019.
“We are here to begin a process that will lead to the formation of a government of national unity. We are here to put to an end the nepotism and corruption that the APC government has been known for in the past three years.
“They promised to tackle corruption, revamp the economy and address security challenges and restructure the nation but as soon as they were elected, they denied making such promises. ” We are here to put an end to to dictatorial tendencies and this is a war between light and darkness and I can assure you that light would prevail,” said Senator Obi.
Speaking also,the R-APC national chairman, Buba Galadima states that with the signing of MOU,the ruling party is already in panic over what awaits her in 2019 adding that since the emergence of R-APC,Nigerians and the global community have continued to send their goodwill messages.He went on advising the President to save himself from the impending defeat by refraining from the 2019 contest
“With what I know, I can tell you that President Buhari will not only lose this election, he will lose his deposits. Let us not forget that the man we will be facing is a military general. We are ready, prepared to take on this fight despite their intimidations and threats.
“I know him but if I was his adviser, I will tell him not to contest,” Galadima said even.
On his part,the representatives of the ADC and former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola described the coalition as “an assignment from God,” while urging the parties to be committed to the letters and spirit of the MOU.
He said: “We are committed to restructuring of this nation and we must respect the spirit and letters of this understanding.”
When Nigerians voted in 2015, they thought the APC vehicle will take them to the promised land. But three years after, the APC has failed and failed tragically too.”
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae bemoaned what he termed the “gross incompetence” of the APC-led government and tasked all parties to the alliance to team up in supporting not only a sole Presidential aspirants but sole governorship candidates, Senatorial candidates as well as House of Representatives candidates across all states of the federation.
“All our votes must go to the Presidential candidate and to the governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives in every state of the federation.
“It is not sufficient to produce the President alone because if we have a President who does not have majority of seats in parliament, there will be challenge as to what the President would be able to do,” he noted.
Parties that signed the MOU were the Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Africa Democratic Party (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Action Peoples Party (APP), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic Peoples Party (DPC), Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), KOWA Party, Labour Party (LP), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN).
Others included the National Conscience Party (NCP), New Generation Party (NGP), National Unity Party (NUP), Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Peoples Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Reformed All Progressive Congress (RAPC), Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), National Interest Party (NIP), Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), and Young Democratic Party (YDP) among others.
Meanwhile, the ruling Party,APC, is said to have gone into marathon meeting since the signing of MOU and working to re-establish contact with governors and Legislators in her fold including the aggrieved party members arising from the recently held congress.