Barely twenty-four hours after a group of 38 parties led by People Democratic Party (PDP) announced the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) to wrest power from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general elections, another group of 20 political parties yesterday joined forces with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in an alliance to tackle the Coalition of Progressives Political Parties (CPPP)
Also yesterday, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Chairman and former Kaduna State Governor Balarabe Musa described the coalition against Buhari “as an act of opportunism.”
There are 68 registered political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering the application for registration of about 138 others.
The political parties in pro-Buhari’s CPPP which met in Abuja yesterday are: All Progressives Congress (APC), Accord Party, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), United Progressive Party (UPP), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
Others are: Freedom Justice Party (FJP), Fresh Party (FP), New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP), Nigeria’s Peoples Congress (NPC), Nigeria Peoples Movement (NPM), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), National Action Congress (NAC) and NDLP.
The chairman of the coalition, who is also the National chairman of PDM, Alhaji Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, told rjournalists after hours of meeting at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja that the coalition was made up of like-minded political parties who believe in Nigeria’s unity and stability.
He noted that the coalition, which was formed in 2014 ahead of the 2015 presidential election aligned with the candidature of President Buhari, then the APC candidate.
Ibrahim said the coalition was merely resurrected to counter the orchestrated PDP coalition against the APC-led government.
Berating the PDP coalition, he said the parties were driven by selfishness and hunger to capture power in 2019.
He explained that the parties that formed the coalition with the PDP lacked the agenda to drive a new Nigeria.
Source: The Nation