Obasanjo Launches Coalition for Nigeria, CN, in Abuja
The third-force political movement, Coalition for Nigeria, proposed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is launching today at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
In his no-holds-barred open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration last week, Obasanjo had suggested the formation of the movement as an alternative to the ruling All progressive Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Obasanjo posited that both the APC and PDP had proved incapable of bringing the desired change to the country having lost the confidence of the electorate.
The former president is not present at the ongoing launch in Abuja, but two former PDP governors, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Donald Duke, were in attendance, PT writes.
Mr. Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, said the movement is not yet a political party, but added that it could evolve into one.
“We’re not a political party, at least, for now,” he said.
He noted that for the movement to make the desired electoral impact, its proponents would need to follow the Constitution and register it as a political party.
“We recognise the facts that by the dictates of the Constitution, you can only contest on the platform of a political party,” said Mr. Oyinlola, who was the national secretary of the PDP before joining the APC in 2014 after his controversial removal from his position in the then-ruling party.
He further dismissed claims that the movement is an attempt to legitimise the legacy of Mr. Obasanjo.
“To say that we are legitimising OBJ’s legacy is a bit off the mark,” he said.
According to him, Nigerians have been through a lot in the hands of the political elite and canvassed a fresh alternative ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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