- APC has declared that a newly formed coalition by former President Obasanjo is not a threat to its victory in 2019
- The Coalition for Nigeria movement was launched in Abuja on Wednesday, January 31
- The party's spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi said that the party is busy with its own activities
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that a newly formed coalition by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo would not be a threat to its victory during 2019 general elections.
Daily Trust reports that the party, through its national publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi dismissed the gathering as a non-event.
NAIJ.com gathered that in a widely publicised ‘special statement’ to President Buhari last week titled: ‘The Way Out: A clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria movement’ , Obasanjo asked Buhari not to run for a second term, accusing the president of poor performance and nepotism.
In a phone interview with Daily Trust, Abdullahi said: “Did you attend our own event today? We are busy doing our work.
“How many months to the election? At the function, how many governors did you see there? How many senators did you see there? How many House of Representatives’ members did you see there?
“When a part of the PDP left for the APC in 2014, how many governors were there? At least five governors were there. How many senators? We have more than 40 senators.
"With due respect, let them continue to do what they are doing. We are busy. They are not even a political party. If they are not a political party, how can they be a threat to us? Civil society organization can’t contest election in Nigeria,” he said.
But a PDP BoT member and former minister of education Prof. Tunde Adeniran, told Daily Trust in a telephone interview that the CN would make significant impact if its handlers are men of integrity, God-fearing with good intentions for Nigeria.
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He added that the success of the PDP in 2019 would be determined in the next couple of weeks when he said the party would have sorted out all issues relating to internal brawl.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that 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.
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