In a bid to oust President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in 2019 , the major opposition parties and third force elements are expected to hold joint and separate talks in the coming days with a view to forging an alliance and supporting one presidential candidate .

Some of the parties that will participate in the discussions include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , the Olusegun Obasanjo -backed African Democratic Congress (ADC) , and the Olu Falae- led Social Democratic Party (SDP) among others.

Already , the Nigerian Intervention Movement , co -chaired by Dr . Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr . Abdujalil Tafawa – Balewa, is presently holding alliance talks with the Coalition for New Nigeria , a coalition of 35 political parties .

The NIM said in a statement that it was holding separate and joint meetings with the Labour Party , United Progressive Party , Action Democratic Party , Action Alliance and several others.

It stated, “ The NIM Coalition team has just ended a marathon coalition talks separately and jointly in Abuja at various locations with the Labour Party, United Progressive Party, Alliance for New Nigeria, Action Democratic Party, and Action Alliance in a process of setting up a national grand electoral alliance for 2019 .

"All the parties have, by and large, agreed to the NIM’s terms and therefore asked to go and reaffirm the endorsement of their leadership organs and structures to avoid future problems .

"The MOU with the prospective coalition party and other parties in the electoral alliance will be signed next week after due consultations with their various leadership organs and the steering committee meeting of NIM must have given its nod and endorsement. ”

It was learnt that the SDP was expected to hold talks with the NIM next week as well

The National Coordinator of the Obasanjo coalition, Olagunsoye Oyinlola , had told a gathering on Thursday that there was still room for the ADC to forge alliance with other interested parties to oust Buhari in the next general elections.

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The Chairman of the Coalition for New Nigeria, Dr . Yunusa Tanko, who is also a former National Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council, has also confirmed that over 35 parties were holding talks in order to form an alliance.

He said the PDP had also approached the other parties for a possible alliance .

"The CNN is a coalition or a group of several political parties but we only form alliances, not mergers. There are alignments and re -alignments happening in some of the parties within our group .

One of our members , which is the ADC, was recently adopted by Obasanjo, ” Tanko added .

When asked if all the parties would be working together to oust Buhari in 2019, he said , “ You cannot rule out anything . As it is now , there are re -alignments of forces and we will see where things we go. The ADC is only one of our members . ”

He said the SDP was not part of the coalition, noting, however, that there was room for the party to join.

When asked about the PDP, he said , “The PDP is not yet a member of the CNN but they (party officials ) are making overtures towards us and trying to align with our political parties.

Some of our members got calls from the PDP and said the PDP told them that they would not be able to work alone and they need to align with other existing political parties. So the alignments are still taking shape.”

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The PDP had alreday opened discussions with other political parties on how to get Buhari out office in 2019.

Already ,  the committee, saddled with the responsibility of holding discussions with the affected political parties, had swung into action.

The committee, which is known as Contact Committee , and headed by a former Governor of Cross River State , Senator Liyel Imoke, was inaugurated by the party ’ s National Chairman , Prince Uche Secondus , about two weeks ago.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party , Kola Ologbondiyan confirmed  that the committee was already working on its mandate .

He said , “The committee, which is headed by Senator Imoke, is already discussing with all opposition political parties .

It was learnt that Imoke and his team met with leaders of some political parties last week .

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