- Prominent Nigerian politicians attended the launch of Coalition For Nigeria Movement
- The coalition was proposed by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to break the dominance of the country’s two major parties
Prominent chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) on Wednesday, January 31, graced the formal outing of Coalition for Nigeria, the Third Force, proposed by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to break the hegemony of the country’s two major parties, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the leader of the group, Col. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said they were roused to consciousness by the special press statement issued by Obasanjo but affirmed that the group was not about remaking the legacies of the former Nigerian leader.
“To say that we are legitimising Obasanjo’s legacy is wrong. I think what he has done is steering us from slumber.
“However, nobody can fault Obasanjo’s letter. We are not a political party for now. Our aim is to help Nigerians take the country from those who take the country as business. It is not the destiny of Nigeria to remain in crisis and in the doldrums," he said.
Meanwhile, another group of professionals National Intervention Movement (NIM) are also aiming to break the two party hegemony. NIM on its part said that it would make its launch this month.
Among the prominent APC and PDP chieftains were:
1. Buba Galadima, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, BOT, and
2. Former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the incumbent chairman of the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC)
3. PDP former national chairman of the party, Col. Ahmadu Ali (retd)
4. Former Governor Donald Duke
5. Former PDP presidential aspirant, Dr. Abduljelil Tafawa Balewa
6. Akin Oshuntokun, former managing director of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
Galadima speaking with newsmen, declared his support for the coalition, saying it does not go against his membership of the APC.
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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) had commenced a drive to welcome new coalitions, groups, and others to its Third Force initiative just as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s own version of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) is to be launched.
Daily Trust reports that the NIM’s deputy director-general (media and publicity bureau), Mallam Naseer Kura, said his group is ready to welcome new members and groups. In a statement, Kura reportedly said events in recent times had shown the swift and positive response of Nigerians to the philosophy and message of the movement.
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