Top Nigerians come together as new political group is formed ahead of 2019

Top Nigerians come together as new political group is formed ahead of 2019

A new political party, Grand National Political Coalition (GNPC), has been formed and it is led by a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, with members who are already making some demands.

Premium Times reports that group also emerged with a demand calling for the immediate redefinition of the present governance structure of Nigeria to make it more democratic and citizen inclusive.

The group also has Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa as member as it boasts of five million members across the country.

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At a summit held by the political group, the members lamented that the country was tilting towards social and political harmony and anarchy and thus needed urgent actions to stem the drift and rebuild social cohesion among Nigerians.

A communique issued after its summit held in Abuja and signed by its deputy director general, Naseer Kura, listed those in attendance to include an economist and politician, Pat Utomi; a former finance minister, Idika Kalu; a former military governor of the old Plateau state, Dan Suleiman; president of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima; former senator, Bassey Ewa Henshaw; former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka; a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima; and Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu, son of the leader of the defunct Biafra, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

Others who attended the summit were representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Isa Aremu; Northern Elders Forum (NEF) led by Sheriff Ashir; National Youth Movements led by Abayomi Rotimi Mighty and Wale Ajani; Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN) comprising 35 opposition political parties led by A.A. Salam; and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties led by Tanko Yinusa.

“There must be a concerted drive to bring about a new Nigeria that would work for all and that such new Nigeria must guarantee the safety and freedom of each citizen of Nigeria.

“The wanton killings in whatever guise of Nigerians is unacceptable and viewed in serious terms as pure failure of governance and political system at both the national and sub–national strata,” the group said while urging every Nigerians to obtain a voters card and participate in the recruitment process of public office holders, who seek for elective offices.

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Calling itself an intervention force, the group said it would interface with all willing political forces who share its stand towards developing standards for all aspirants or candidates ahead of the 2019 elections.

The group said it would begin a nationwide sensitisation, advocacy and public awareness programme on the need for every adult citizen of the country to obtain a voters card and engage in the “emerging ballot based-PVC revolution to democratically dislodge the entrenched corruptive political order in the country.” earlier reported that the third force coalition, the Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM), stated that its major priority is to impact on the 2019 general elections, which would be tough and require a huge war chest to prosecute.

The disclosure was made by the co-chairperson of the group, Olisa Agbakoba, at the NIM’s grand national summit and launch of a grand political coalition on the future of Nigeria in Abuja, on Wednesday, March 21.

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