A coalition of 39 political parties on
Monday formed an alliance to oust President
Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is acting as
the rallying point for the alliance, under the aegis
of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which
was signed by the parties at the end of an
enlarged meeting at the Yar ‘Adua Centre, Abuja,
resolved among others, to field a joint
presidential candidate against President Buhari.
The coalition also resolved to agree on common
candidates for governorship, National Assembly
and state assembly elections across the 36 states
and the Federal Capital Territory.
The MoU, which was read by Chief Tom Ikimi, also
resolved to promote core values for the
restructuring of the country and sharing of
political offices among persons and groups across
the six geopolitical zones.
The coalition also promised a unity government in
the event of winning the election with a joint
manifesto that will usher in a well-structured
economic and fiscal federalism.
Besides the PDP, other parties in the coalition
include the Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for
Democracy (AD); Africa Democratic Party (ADC);
Action Democratic Party (ADP); All Grand Alliance
Party (AGAP); Action People’s Party (APP);
Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD); and
Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP).
Others are the Democratic Alternative (DA);
Democratic People’s Party (DPC); Grand
Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN); Green Party
of Nigeria (GPN); KOWA Party; Labour Party (LP);
Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA); and Masses
Movement of Nigeria (MMN).
Also in the group are the National Conscience
Party (NCP); New Generation Party (NGP); National
Unity Party (NUP); Nigeria Intervention Movement
(NIM); People’s Alliance for National Development
and Liberty (PANDEL); Peoples Progressive Party
(PPP); People for Democratic Change (PDC);
Providence People’s Congress (PPC); and the
Reformed All Progressive Congress (RAPC).
Others are the Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN);
Social Democratic Party (SDP); Unity Party of
Nigeria (UPN); All Grassroots Alliance (AGA);
National Interest Party (NIP); Nigeria Democratic
Congress Party (NDCP); Progressive People’s
Alliance (PPA); and Young Democratic Party (YDP)
Speaking at the event, the national chairman of
the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the country
has witnessed all forms of intimidation aimed at
suffocating democracy in the land.
Secondus also cited what he described as frame-
ups, arrest and total breakdown of law and order
in some states like Zamfara where the governor
had to relinquish his position as the chief security
The PDP chairman said, “Just last week, the APC
conquest regime came up with Executive Order
which all political watchers, including civil society
groups likened to Decree 2 of the military era.
Also speaking at the event, the national chairman
of the SDP, Chief Olu Falae, said there was need
for the coalition to produce overwhelming
majority in the federal and state legislatures to
form the required majority for the restructuring of
Speaking as national chairman of the rAPC,
Alhaji Buba Galadima said his presence at the
event alone signified a lot.
Said he, “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
“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.
“This is not going to be a tea party, there are
demands we will be facing. He (Buhari) is a
military General, but we know him and you know
that I know him. If I were him and if I were his
adviser, I would advise him not to attempt to
“I have my reasons. If what I know, if what I have
access to and I know, I assure you that General
Buhari will not only will lose the election but will
lose his deposit.
“I said it is not going to be a tea party because
from the day we announced the formation of the
Reformed APC, a lot of people received threats, a
lot of people received gratification and a lot of
people received the pressures from all quarters to
persuade them to back out. But one person that
most people could not approach I don’t want to
“Some of us are old soldiers and history said they
never died. We are ready, prepared to take on this
fight despite any deprivation, intimidation and
even torture because this country belongs to all of
“They are thinking of setting aside public money
which they accused others of using during
elections for this purpose. They can use the big
stick because you know a desperate person can do
anything. He can kill, if he has power, he can
arrest and detain but whichever one they choose
to do, we are prepared to lay down our lives to
save our nation.
“They can say anything, they say we are
inconsequential, they said we don’t matter, they
said we are inconsequential but when we were
forming the party, the APC of which I was one of
the nine signatories, those people that are making
this noise, we did not see their faces neither did
we see their signatures. So how could they say we
“And if we are inconsequential, why would they
run heater skelta, from pole to pole going to the
National Assembly to persuade my people that
they should not leave? So this is a challenge to
them and I assure you seated here that if we put
our acts together, talk together, discuss together,
the sky is our limit and success is ours”.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu
who also spoke at the event said signing the MoU
would rescue Nigeria in 2019 and restore her to
the path of democratic freedoms, joy, security,
Ekweremadu added that the event was a gathering
to witness the birth of a new Nigeria and to show
that Nigerians have seen hope again. He urged the
coalition not to disappoint the Nigerian people.
Ekweremadu said, “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.
“The people of the South East whom the
programmes and practices of this government are
forcing them to have a rethink on their
membership of this country, today will rejoice and
be happy that a new country that will be fair to all
is coming; a country that they will be proud to be
part of and continue to contribute to her
“All our people in the Internally Displaced Persons
(IDP) camps, who have been wondering or believe
that they will spend the rest of their lives in the
IDP camps are happy today because their stay
there is almost over; because next year, we will
enthrone a government that will take them to
their homes and protect them there.
“The media houses, all the instruments and
institutions of democracy that have been trampled
and muzzled in this country, they will be free
again to do their work without fear of
“Those, who are being persecuted on account of
their political views or insisting that the right
thing should be done, are also going to rejoice
because a new dawn is here.”
Others who also spoke at the gathering include
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Akwa Ibom State
Governor, Udom Emmanuel; former National
Secretary the PDP, Senator Ben Obi among others.
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