…No gang-up‘ll stop Buhari—APC
…CUPP good move to re-unify Nigeria – APP
More stakeholders in the Nigerian project have continued to react to the unfolding realignment of interest in the nation’s political firmament insisting that the coalition of political parties ahead of the 2019 general election will turn out to be in the best interest of the populace.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 39 political parties converged in Abuja Monday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a potent force against the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the next year’s general election.
National Chairman, Action Peoples Party (APP), Mr. Ikenga Ugo-Chinyeri declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led coalition is not a merger but platform to re-unify Nigerians. Ugo-Chinyeri who spoke in Abuja said that the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) was a timely action taken by 39 political parties in the interest of Nigerians.
He said that the alliance was not just to capture power, but to unify Nigerians as well as redeem the country from shambles.“This is not a merger. It is a coalition of 39 political parties, including the leading opposition party, PDP, which share the same goal. “It is not about capturing power, it is about the urgency to serve and save our motherland which is dancing at the edge of total economic and political eclipse,” he said.
Ugo-Chinyeri admitted that it was not an easy task getting together at this period, but stated that it was voluntary among the 39 political parties that were already set to put their energy and resources together.
He said that the parties’ decision to act now by forming the coalition was timely, adding that it would save the country from collapse.He added that the parties were willing to sacrifice everything, especially the presidential slot in the 2019 general elections.“The 39 political parties, including PDP, will bring forth a grand single presidential candidate.“We will all queue to vote in that candidate and vote out the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), ” the APP chairman said.
He explained that a significance of the alliance was the agreement and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by all the parties to form a government of national unity to represent and unify Nigerians.According to him, the coalition is needed to take Nigeria to its promised land and it will redeem and retrieve both the country and the people from the incompetency of APC and its leadership.
Ugo-Chinyeri told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the coalition was different from that of 2015, adding that the terms were clearly spelt out “and over time more details about its manifesto and other vital information will be disclosed’’.He stressed that the coalition was driven by national interest and expressed hope that individual or party interest would not in the future set in to destabilise it.
He said that the coalition would secure 25 per cent appointment for youths from 18 years to 35 years, adding that it would also focus on respect for human right, security of the country and restructuring.Ugo-Chinyeri urged Nigerians to get registered and collect Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in order to vote in the 2019 elections.
“Nigerians should observe the willingness behind this coalition.“They should see the sacrifices the opposition has made and now is the time for them to go and collect their PVCs and join the coalition to root out incompetency,” he said.He added that more news would be heard from the coalition even as more political parties were already indicating interest to join.In its reaction however, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said no amount gang-up will stop President Muhammadu Buhari from fulfilling his promises to Nigerians.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi , APC national publicity secretary, in a statement issued in Abuja said the party was united behind president and disclaimed the R–APC as a faction of the party.He states: “On Monday July 9, 2018, a group of individuals under the so-called ‘Reformed All Progressives Congress’ platform purportedly joined a coalition of opposition political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We respect the right of everyone to join any association or group. However, we wish to reiterate that the so-called R-APC is not a faction of our Party. Our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains united under the leadership of our President, Muhammadu Buhari.“It is also noteworthy that some political parties that have been named as signatories to the MoU have disassociated themselves from the publicised deal.
“We once again reiterate the commitment of our Party to address real grievances of our genuine members. We call on them to take advantage of this opportunity while the windows for reconciliation are still open.”We are confident that no level of gang-up can make our government under President Buhari to waiver in its promises to Nigerians to rid our country of corruption and improve the quality of lives for our people”.
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