A total of 40 presidential candidates of different registered political parties have launched a new alliance under the auspices of the Patriotic Forum of Presidential Candidates (PFPC).

The Chairman of the forum and National Chairman of  Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Shittu Kabiru Mohammed; and  Secretary, Dr. Onwubuya Breakforth, who is also the National Chairman of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said the alliance was formed out of patriotism for the nation and the sustenance of democracy.

Breakforth, who briefed reporters after the meeting of the forum, urged the Federal Government, INEC, political parties and other stakeholders to avoid any act capable of jeopardizing national coexistence in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

He said the aim of the forum was to engage government to do more on the current state of internal security for the wellbeing of Nigerians and guarantee credible electoral process before, during and after the 2019 elections.

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According to him, the forum, made up of 40 presidential candidates, had also taken it upon itself to interface with the law enforcement agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force not to interfere with the electoral process or allow itself to be used by any group or person to influence election results in favour of any particular candidate.

Presidential candidates who attended the meeting were Dr. Obadia Mailafia, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, Young Progressives Party (YPP); Yusuf Dantalle, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Dr. Nicolas Felix, Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) and Dr. Rabia Cengiz, National Action Council (NAC) among others.

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