👤 By Adenike Lucas
Thirty-Nine Political parties have decided to back the same Presidential candidate in a tactics aimed to help kick out President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2019.
The deal is similar to the one adopted by the breakaway members of the Peoples Democratic Party, who aligned with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress in 2014. The APC went on to win the election in 2015.
President Buhari, 75, the first to defeat an incumbent President through the ballot box in Nigeria, has since been criticised heavily for his handling of killer herdsmen situation, and has been told not to seek a second term.
But on April 9, 2018, before jetting off to the United Kingdom for medical treatment, Nigeria’s Commander in Chief announced that he would be vying for re-election.
To stand a better chance of defeating the 75-year-old the parties which includes the PDP, the Reformed APC, stand under the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP and will adopt sole candidates for governorship, National Assembly and state assembly elections across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
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The national chairman of the R-APC, Buba Galadima revealed that the coalition has “received unprecedented messages of support, solidarity from all over the world.”
Alhaji Galadima made the comment at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties.
He said: “I am highly delighted and elated by the presence of the creme de la creme of the Nigerian society seated here. What we are about to do will send the shivers not only to those on the other side but to the entire world.
“We are witnessing a significant event, most diplomats and leaders of other countries of the world keep wondering whether there are men and women of courage and integrity in this country.
“Let me say that since we made a declaration of the formation of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, we have received unprecedented messages of support, solidarity from all over the world.
“I am confident that if we put our acts together, should we talk together, if we are fair to ourselves, do things transparently and bring up one man or woman, we will provide future for our children and grandchildren.”
Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President Nigerians will soon rejoice.
“For three years, what I see on the faces of Nigerians is frustration and anguish. But for the first time, I tell you that I saw joy. I saw people laughing and smiling for the first time in three years.
“Those our brothers and sisters, and investors, who left Nigeria in the last three years are also rejoicing with you because by this time next year, they will all be back.
“Those factories that were closed are going to come back alive by this time next year and Nigerians will rejoice.”