- ‘We are prepared to fight’ – Galadima
- Dino Melaye, Baraje return to PDP
Opposition political parties in Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to present a consensus candidate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The agreement was signed by chairmen of thirty-nine political parties including the Reformed-All Progressives Congress, R-APC; Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP; Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Some of the political parties that signed the MoU are: Action Alliance, Alliance for Democracy; Africa Democratic Party; Action Democratic Party; All Grand Alliance Party; Action Peoples Party; Advanced Congress of Democrats.
Others are: Better Nigeria Progressive Party; Democratic Alternative; Democratic Peoples’ Party; Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria; Green Party of Nigeria; KOWA Party; Labour Party; Mass Action Joint Alliance; and Masses Movement of Nigeria among others.
The MoU stated that political “parties shall promote a positive reaction to the above failures of the present regime and to give hope to all our people.
“The parties shall ensure that the coalition is committed to working together in support of the single presidential candidate to contest the 2019 Presidential election in order to successfully enthrone a true democrat who will salvage the nation from the misrule of the APC government.”
The agreement stated thus: “That the parties shall promote acceptable core values for the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, secure lives and property, rebuild and redirect our nation’s economy back onto the path of growth, respect human rights and freedoms, protect and uphold the cherished values of democracy and the democratic institutions and generally put right the country which unfortunately has now been dangerously divided along ethnic, religious and tribal lines.
“That the parties shall encourage state alliances among themselves to ensure that the cooperating parties under the grand alliance emerge victorious at the state governorship, state legislature and National Assembly elections,” the agreement stated.
‘We are prepared to fight’ – Galadima
National Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, in his address said that the agreement would make the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, tremble.
According to Galadima, he had been receiving messages of death threats and messages of solidarity since he assumed leadership of the splinter group. He also predicted defeat for the APC, adding that its candidate, President Buhari, “is destined to lose the 2019 election and lose his deposit.”
His words: “Let us not forget that the man we will be facing is a military general.
“We are ready, prepared to take on this fight despite their intimidation and threats. I know him but if I were his adviser, I would tell him not to contest,” he said.
Galadima cautioned his counterparts who appended their signature to the agreement not to put personal interest above the overall interest of the alliance alleging that the ruling party had prepared huge sums of money to lure them from continuing their cause.
Baraje, Melaye return to PDP
Also at the occasion, former leader of the defunct New Peoples’ Democratic Party, nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and a serving senator, Dino Melaye (Kogi-East) made an official return to their former party, the PDP.
Baraje thanked the PDP for accepting him back into the party.
“We went astray but we are back now. If a child burns one of his fingers, he quickly retreats the others. I will like to thank you for accepting to take us back.
“Senator David Mark warned me that we would return and I ignored him.
“Now we are back. I thank the PDP for accepting us back,” he said.
Similarly, Senator Dino Melaye, in his address said he chose to return to his former party in order to be politically stable.
The senator expressing his view on the 2019 general elections said, “President Buhari will fail because he is entitled to failure.”
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