As the 2019 general elections draw closer, opposition parties continue to draw up strategies to seize power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Spearheading this drive is former President Olusegun Obasanjo who is reported to have held a series of meetings with the immediate past governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and representatives of over 30 political parties.

According to a source close to the former President, one of such meetings held at Protea Hotel, located at 42/44 Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos state.

The meeting was said to have had the co-chairmen of the Nigerian Intervention Movement, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, present.

Others were a former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke; the immediate past governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and representatives of the Social Democratic Party, Labour Party, Alliance for Democracy, Democratic People’s Congress, Action Alliance, Progressives People’s Alliance, Democratic Alternative and National Conscience Party. 

The source added that Kwankwaso’s presence was not related to his being a member of the APC. He pointed out that the lawmaker and the former president have a relationship that transcends party affiliations.

“Have you forgotten that Kwankwaso was appointed the Minister of Defence by President Obasanjo in 2003? The former governor was not invited because of his ties with the APC but because he also has a huge movement known as the Kwankwasiya in Kano and its environs. Kano is a very strategic state,” the source, a top member of one of the groups, stated.

“The meeting is not just a political one but an attempt to come up with a unified ideology and strategy for 2019.”

A consensus candidate has, however, not been picked yet.

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