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2019: 15 parties form mega coalition to dislodge APC, PDP, APGA

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By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—A Coalition of 15 political parties has formed an electoral alliance, known as Mega Coalition, to adopt and field candidates for governorship and presidential elections in Nigeria.

The electoral alliance, which the parties said was not a merger, would see the participating registered political parties fielding separate candidates for councillorship, local government chairmanship, House of Assembly, House of Representatives and senatorial elections, but collaborating at the gubernatorial and presidential elections.

“At the governorship elections, the winning party shall form a Government of State Unity, GSU, while at the presidential election, the winning party shall form a Government of National Unity, NUG, with a view to accommodating participating parties in the coalition, thereby reducing the winner takes all syndrome which does not allow smaller political parties to grow in Nigeria”.

Some of the parties which signed the agreement document, included the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN, Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP, Democratic Alternative DA, Democratic Peoples Congress DPC and Democratic Peoples Party DPP among others.

For a start, the coalition would field candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states, vowing to dislodge the ruling parties therein.

The document which was made available to Vanguard in Abuja, stated: “The Mega Coalition is a response to the high divisiveness in Nigeria and lack of credible opposition party in Nigeria since the 2015 general elections.

‘’In 2019 general elections, no single party can win at first ballot. It will be difficult to meet the constitutional two third states requirement. The only way to success in 2019 is for like-minded political parties to come together to select credible, capable and popular candidates who can win elections.”

The coalition has selected Chief Perry Opara to lead it and shall answer “Chancellor” of the Mega Coalition.

The Chancellor, Chief Opara, who is the national chairman of National Unity Party, has, however, condemned the level of division in Nigeria and urged politicians and members of the non-governmental, faith-based and socio-cultural organizations to be careful with their utterances and to preach peace, instead of hate and division.

“The Mega Coalition urged Nigerian politicians who have something to hide to desist from parading themselves for elective offices, while credible men and women who are courageous are encouraged to start now to educate the masses on their blueprint for elections.

“The Mega Coalition thanked INEC for announcing the February 2019 date for commencement of elections which puts politicians and political parties on notice ahead of time.

“Opara said that no party shall be excluded from participating in the Mega Coalition. Only good candidates who have programmes that can provide dividends of democracy can be voted into office by Nigerians. Opara said the Mega Coalition is ready to collaborate with any like-minded registered political party irrespective of its previous electoral fortune.

“2019 elections shall have emphasis on candidates and personalities rather than parties. Nigerians are now aware that most politicians promise “heaven on earth when they are seeking public offices only to renege on their campaign promises when they are elected.” Nigerians are now aware and know better. ‘’We shall test the might of the Mega Coalition in the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States elections before the 2019 general elections. Future elections in Nigeria will no longer be about political parties or Godfatherlisim. It will be about the personality of the candidates and the issues being canvassed.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/06/2019-15-parties-form-mega-coalition-dislodge-apc-pdp-apga/

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Oshiomhole’s only opponent withdraws from APC chairmanship race

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Clement Ebri, an aspirant for the position of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has withdrawn from the race.
Ebri withdrew less than 72 hours to the party’s elective national convention scheduled for Saturday.
In a letter he wrote to the party, the aspirant said he decided to pull out of the race following “deep consultations” with family, friends, party leaders and other stakeholders.
“I have reached the decision to withdraw my candidacy from the race for the national chairmanship of the APC. This decision has been taken in what I consider to be the overall interests of the party,” he said in the letter.
He said what happens in the leadership of the APC affects the party’s ability to deliver on its promises.
Ebri explained that it was on that basis he declared his candidacy to run for office of national chairman.
“My gratitude goes to everyone who believed in me sufficiently to invest their time, energy and resources in that process,” he said.
“I enjoin them, as faithful party loyalists, to transfer their support they had hitherto reserved for my candidacy to our aspirations for peace in the party and endorse Mr Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of APC.”
He added that he would join hands with Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo governor, who is favoured for the position, to make the APC an “inclusive organisation where every voice counts”.
Ebri is a former governor of Cross River.

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Jonathan: PDP is coming back in 2019

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is getting stronger and poised to take over power come 2019.
Jonathan said this on Wednesday when he hosted Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, in his house in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.
Jonathan, who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015 is optimistic that his party is now in a better position to regain its ruling status.
“I believe PDP is coming back and getting stronger,” he said.
“Yes, we had some issues in 2015. But as you know politics is a very dynamic business. Even though we are in the opposition with fewer governors, PDP is still the strongest and largest party.”
Abubakar, in a similar manner, also said there is no other party that has the structure and strength like the PDP.
The former number two citizen who lost in the APC primary election that produced Buhari, has since defected to the PDP and he is aspiring to run under the platform in 2019.
“It is actually the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has the strength and structure to get back to Aso Rock,” he said, adding that “without PDP, APC should not have been in Aso Rock.”
He also expressed his disappointment with the current administration.
“Have we ever had this rate of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria? Have we ever had five sets of exchange rate before in this country? Have we ever had so much insecurity like this before? No! Have we ever been this divided before in this country? No!”

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2019: Atiku meets Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa

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As the 2019 election gets closer, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday met with former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
They met in Bayelsa home of the former president.
However, details of their meeting were not disclosed as at the time of filing this report.
Before now, both men have always been on opposite sides politically until Atiku made his move to join PDP last year.
Meanwhile, Atiku is set to compete with two times Senator, Ahmed Makarfi for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

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