- A group, Coalition for Nigeria, has accused former president Olusegun Obasanjo's coalition of stealing its name without its consent
- The group also warned Nigerians not to mistake it for those who have soiled their hands in wrecking the country
- The national president of the group said the coalition has noble intentions centred around galvanizing Nigerians for nation building
A group has accused former president Olusegun Obasanjo's coalition of mimicking its name without its consent.
The group, Coalition for Nigeria said Obasanjo’s coalition intent, modus operandi and composition is at variance with its noble objectives.
The coalition also warned Nigerians not to mistake it for those who have soiled their hands in wrecking the country.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, February 1, the national president of the Coalition for Nigeria, Sabo Odeh, said the coalition was not birthed to install people into governance position but to galvanize Nigerians for nation building.
Odeh said: "The Coalition for Nigeria (CN) is appalled by the decision of the Obasanjo Coalition Movement to press ahead with its criminality of launching under a name that mimics ours, the Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM). It is unfortunate that we had treated the matter with levity based on our understanding that the Obasanjo Coalition Movement is peopled by failed politicians and those that had made immense contributions towards wrecking Nigeria with a sprinkling of youths that have anger issues.
“After Obasanjo Coalition Movement launched in Abuja with a moniker that copied the name of Coalition for Nigeria, we have found it expedient to alert Nigerians so that they would not be duped into thinking they are dealing with the authentic group when in reality they could be playing into the den of persons that have track record of being political dupes."
Odeh further said the coalition has noble intentions centred around galvanizing Nigerians for nation building around tenets that are long term without pandering to unnecessary drama and media hype.
“Our Coalition is not limited to creating a backdoor for retired and tired politicians to install puppets in government for the purpose of continuing to loot the treasury while ruling by impunity as had been experienced in the past. Obasanjo Coalition Movement seeks to do the exact opposite while leveraging on our credible name to sell its lies to Nigerians.
“The reforms we all desire are achievable through persuasion, consensus building and collaboration without resorting to inflammatory acts and utterances as we have seen with some people. Instead of pursuing peaceful growth and evolution, what we have seen the children of anger in the Obasanjo Coalition Movement is a situation where old politicians in their twilight are manipulating youths to be incendiary," Odeh said.
Sabo Odeh aadded that the coalition is made up of Nigerians that yearn for a better country with the firm belief that the dismantling of the infrastructure for corruption is a necessary first step that ensure that we can then build the country on a solid foundation that provides level playing field to all citizens.
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“The legitimate Coalition for Nigeria hereby warns the Obasanjo Coalition Movement to stop using our name to further the agenda of failed politicians that are out to pursue Obasanjo’s Third Term and Third Time Agenda. If he had failed before nothing stops him from spectacularly failing again, this time. It is most unfortunate that this hare-brained attempt is coming at a time when even Ghaddafi, Grand-dad Mugabe and Jammeh have all become history," Odeh added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress declared that a newly formed coalition by former president Obasanjo is not a threat to its victory in 2019.
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement was launched in Abuja on Wednesday, January 31.
But the APC's spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi said that the party is busy with its own activities .
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