2019: Obasanjo's Coalition Transforms To Political Party
When a former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, established a group early this year and christened it Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), many had continued to look forward to when it will transform.
After it was set up, series of activities followed and suddenly it went silent for weeks.
Now, the coalition is breaking the long silence with a news that will surely trigger mixed reactions.
The group metamorphosed into a political party and the name is African Democratic Congress (ADC).
He had at inception said the members could decide to turn the group to a political party when they so wish and agree, but that he would withdraw from it since he could no longer take part in partisan politics.
On Thursday, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, he told reporters that the new decision was reached to enable the group to realise its dream of a new Nigeria.
In his speech entitled ‘My treatise for future of democracy and development in Nigeria’ the former President said: "Since the inception of CNM, many of the 68 registered political parties had contacted and consulted with the Movement on coming together and working together.
“The leadership of the Movement, after detailed examination, wide consultation and bearing in mind the orientation, policies, and direction of the Movement, have agreed to adopt ADC as its platform to work with others for bringing about desirable change in the Nigeria polity and governance”.
He believes that the ADC will provide the much-needed political will for the advancement of the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria.
Another member of the group who was a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, also gave reasons for the adoption of the ADC.
After he resigned as the Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) he told reporters in Abuja that the adoption of the political party was to enable them form a formidable force that will wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2019.
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Oyinlola raised concerns that past governments have failed to lead Nigeria out of the woods.
The situation in Nigeria is worsening under the APC administration, he said.
He described the alleged state of despair and despondency in Nigeria as an ill wind capable of leading to a conflagration if not properly managed.