2019!!! End Of The Road For APC, As Opposition Parties, Ethic Groups, Coalitions, Form Alliance, Set Dates For Series Of Very Strategic Meetings, Obasanjo Caught In The Mix

By Post Nigeria April 22, 2018 09:24

2019!!! End Of The Road For APC, As Opposition Parties, Ethic Groups, Coalitions, Form Alliance, Set Dates For Series Of Very Strategic Meetings, Obasanjo Caught In The Mix

A series of high-level meetings, beginning from Monday, are to take place across the country, as Politicians and other Stakeholders fine-tune talks on forming a formidable opposition against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

This is notwithstanding, some obstacles are said to be threatening the coalition under works, because of the conditions being put forward by some Kingmakers, to become part of the overall game plan.

One of such demands, is the wish of such power brokers to determine who should lead the opposition as National Chairman.

Such condition was said to have rankled the ranks of some party faithfuls, especially in the Social Democratic Party, SDP, who were said to have become extra-cautious, as they stepped up moves to broaden the base of the party across the country.

Chieftains of the party have so far led powerful delegations to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and ex-Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, ostensibly to seek their support, having passed a vote of no confidence in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, weeks before he announced his 2019 re-election bid.

The schism in the camps of the pro-coalition forces, came as the Leaders of ethnic nationalities from the three zones in the South-West, South-South, South-East, and the North-Central zone, were busy at the weekend trying to finalise arrangements for a joint meeting in Abuja, on the ongoing efforts to present a common front on fundamental issues ahead the elections.

According to sources: “The meeting coming up on Monday, in Abuja, is part of ongoing efforts by all the zones, to further strengthen our collaboration and cooperation before the elections.”

Two major stakeholders revealed that that the Leaders would work out strategies to make the demand for restructuring and devolution of powers, the cornerstone of the elections.

Leaders of the representatives of the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere; Middle Belt Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; South-South Forum, Ijaw National Council; among other mass-based bodies, are among personalities expected at the meeting, one of the Leaders said.

The parley will be preceded by a crucial meeting of Leaders of Afenifere from the South-West, as well as Kwara, Kogi, and other parts of the country, to be held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday.

Similarly, the National Leaders of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, are to meet in Abuja, on Thursday, to receive reports on its ongoing consultations and discussions with influential Politicians, towards strengthening the SDP.

However, there was a schism over the purported romance of the party with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, for a working relationship.

His insistence on leadership change in the SDP, was said not to have gone down well with the main gladiators in the party.

However, the SDP Leaders were reportedly not favourably disposed to Obasanjo’s demand for a new leadership.

Another party Leader, also disclosed that the SDP was neither disposed to any form of alliance, nor a merger to form a new party, because of the proximity of the series of elections that will culminate in the general election, in 2019.

Coupled with that reason, is what the party source noted was the fact that such alliance had never worked in the history of the country.

“The condition he gave was that we should drop Falae as Chairman, but we insisted that he is the man we want as National Chairman. It was a mere courtesy visit.”

On the Presidential race, the Leaders said the SDP did not have any particular Politician in mind so far, stressing that the Leaders were being cautious in their interactions with Obasanjo, so that they did not play into his hands, though “a lot of his Political Associates and members of his coalition, have on their own, opened discussion with the SDP.”

 

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