- The Olisa Agbakoba-led Nigeria Intervention Movement has announced its readiness to merge with 15 political parties
- Agbakoba said its planned merger is expected to help the movement dislodge APC in 2019
- According to him, Nigeria’s political history is clearly replete with failures of the electoral alliance
The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has said it is set to merge with 15 political parties ahead of the 2019 general election.
A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, who is leading the group said that NIM has finalised plans to merge with these parties, Punch reports.
A statement signed by NIM's secretary, Olubori Obafemi, said the aim of the proposed merger is to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)'s number one candidate from power.
The movement also debunked claims that neither NIM nor former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement spearheaded the coalition of parties which birthed the United Political Parties two weeks ago.
“Nigeria’s political history is clearly replete with failures of the electoral alliance, especially as it concerns adopting common platforms or candidates of past alliances at the critical point of elections," the statement said.
“It is to that extent that the National Secretariat of NIM was mandated in June to embark on a national consultation with leaders of political parties for the purpose of exploring the prospects of initiating a formidable alliance or merger of frontline political parties as well as groups that have yet to apply for registration with INEC or those with pending registration towards an understanding for a fusion into a common political platform for the 2019 elections in order to enable the required cohesion for ousting the ruling political platform in Nigeria," Olufemi said.
He also added that the final stage of NIM’s merger was being driven by its leaders - Olisa Agbakoba, Donald Duke, Buba Galadima, Ghali Na’Abba, Umar Dangiwa, Abdujalil Tafawa-Balewa, Senator Datti Baba Ahmed, John Darah, Olu Agunloye, Isa Ozi Salami, among many others.
Most of the lawmakers decamped to the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while others joined the ADC.
Also the ruling party reacting to defection of the lawmakers said, the movement would not affect APC's chances of leading the elections in 2019.
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