- OBJ has disclosed what would make him quit the newly-formed Coalition for Nigeria Movement
- The former president stated that he would exit the organization, if it chooses at any time, to become involved in partisan politics
- However, his comments have left pundits wondering how the group would achieve anything tangible if it doesn’t become a political party
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, has stated that if the newly-formed Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) decides to join partisan politics at any time, he would quit being a member of the organization.
According to NAN, the former president made his comments at the NUJ secretariat in Abeokuta, Ogun state, during his official registration as a member of the organization.
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NAIJ.com gathers that Obasanjo expressed pleasure at joining the CNM, and described the event as the commencement of a popular and grassroots association.
He stated: “I am happy to be a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, which is a movement for good governance.
“This is the commencement for our popular and grassroots association.
“The membership will be free to collectively decide on whether it will become a political party and if it decides to transform itself and go into partisan politics, I will cease to be a member."
The former president continued afterwards: “It is necessary to make it clear that this new movement does not regard itself as a third force.
“It sees itself as a popular movement that can accommodate all Nigerians irrespective of their political interest or affiliations and will propel Nigeria forward."
OBJ’s stance that the CNM is an apolitical association had left many pundits wondering what exactly he seeks to achieve with the group, considering the fact that in his now infamous letter, the ex-president had advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest in 2019.
The national coordinator of the CNM, Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinlola (rtd.), had stated earlier on Wednesday, January 31, that it would be hard to achieve something tangible without a political party.
He stated: “We’re not a political party, at least, for now.”
However, his added comment that “we recognize the facts that by the dictates of the Constitution, you can only contest on the platform of a political party,” led many present to assume that the CNM would likely end up being a political party.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said that his recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari was not borne out of malice or ‘bad belle’, but out of his deep concern for the situation in the country.
He said this at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abeokuta, shortly after the Coalition for Nigeria Movement was inaugurated in Ogun state, and he was registered as a member of the movement, after formally filling the registration form.
The former president while addressing scores of potential members who had gathered at the venue, said he was surprised that many Nigerians were worried that he had exchanged pleasantries with President Buhari at the African Unity summit at Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, few days after he wrote the open letter to him (Buhari).
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