- A new political force known as Peoples Trust has been formed, ahead of the 2019 presidential election
- The party is led by Olisa Agbakoba; and is made up of OBJ’s Third Force and other prominent Nigerians
- The party’s first national convention, billed for Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 in Lagos, would be headlined by Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka
- The convention will witness primaries for PT aspirants in the 2019 elections, as well as elections into party offices
Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, a new political force, a mega party known as Peoples Trust (PT), has emerged.
According to Leadership, the party is led by a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba (SAN).
Legit.ng gathers that former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s Third Force and other political groups and individuals are also joining forces with Agbakoba, to form the mega party.
Among the prominent individuals reportedly joining the organisation are: the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba; former minister of education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili; and former military governor of Kaduna state, Col Abubarkar Dangiwa Umar.
Others are Chief Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu, the son of the late civil war icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; and Dr Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa, the son of the former prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa.
The party’s national secretary, Mallam Naseer Kura, in a statement, disclosed that the party’s first national convention, billed for Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6 in Lagos, would be headlined by Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.
The statement read in part: “The national chairman of People’s Trust (PT), a new mega political party of fresh breed leaders of the Third Force movement in Nigeria, has announced that the national convention of the Third Force Movement under the auspices of the People’s Trust will hold on Friday and Saturday in Ikeja, Lagos.
“The legal icon and former president of the NBA stated that party faithful, as well as ideological and political allies of the movement, are expected to storm the national convention of PT, where far reaching decisions about the future and leadership of the party and Nigeria will be taken, especially as regards the state of Nigeria and the forthcoming general elections, in 2019.
“The first ever convention of the party, which is slated to hold from Friday, October 5 to Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Lagos Airport Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos, is also expected to witness primaries for PT aspirants in the 2019 elections, as well as elections into party offices, where the review of PT constitution and manifesto shall be ratified, name and logo of the party shall be reviewed and the newly formalised strategic alliance and MOU for technical fusion with other political parties, movement and aspirants shall be ratified.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the national chairman, Progressive Peoples Alliance, (PPA), Peter Ameh, said that those counting on a third force to dislodge the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)'s administration at the federal level ahead of 2019 general elections would be disappointed because the option will not fly for this particular election.
Ameh, while sharing his thoughts on the political option being canvassed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ostensibly to unseat the present government form the office, observed that, there are too many obstacles ahead for aspirants seeking to participate in the presidential race.
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