2019: Obasanjo meets Kwankwaso, Oyinlola in Lagos; details of meeting revealed
- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo met with top politicians in Lagos
- Among those in attendance was Rabiu Kwankwaso
- The group is working towards wrestling power from APC in 2019
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has met with former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and other political bigwigs to forge a path to wrestling power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
The Punch reports that the former president convened the meeting with 35 political parties in a hotel in Lagos under the umbrella of Coalition for New Nigeria.
Those at the meeting included co-chairmen of the Nigerian Intervention Movement, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Dr. Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, one of the children of Nigeria’s post-independence first Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; a former governor Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and a former special adviser to Obasanjo, Mr. Akin Osuntokun.
Some of the political parties represented at the meeting included 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.
Others, who attended the Lagos meeting, were Mr. Kenneth Udete, who represented Action Alliance Party; and Mr. Okey Chukwuendu, who represented the All Grand Alliance Party.
The Punch quoted a source as saying the meeting was convened to work out how to win power in 2019.
The source said: “The meeting was summoned by Obasanjo. He noted that both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party have failed Nigeria and there is a need to come together. He said his association, Coalition for Nigeria Movement, and the NIM should form a merger.”
Asked why Kwankwaso who is a member of the ruling APC was invited to the meeting, the source said: “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 meeting is not just a political one but an attempt to come up with a unified ideology and strategy for 2019.”
The source said Obasanjo emphasized the need for them to show how they were different from both the PDP and APC.
Agbakoba also confirmed the meeting and said it would continue to hold.
He said: “What I can say is yes, that is true. We are exploring the option of working together and those conversations are still ongoing and we have a mutually-agreed agenda that we will have to make an impact in 2019.
“And that we will not be supporting the APC or the PDP. We have agreed on that but we have not agreed on who the candidate would be and other minute details.”
“I can confirm that Kwankwaso was there and Oyinlola was there, but for us, our concern is that Nigerians need to see a new political plan and we told them in clear terms that if we are to work together, it would present a challenge if the Nigerian voting population see the same old people and then there would be no change. So, that’s where we are.
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“It will be difficult in my view for us to be supporting the same old people who left the PDP and went to the APC to come and join us. It will be very difficult.”
Meanwhile, a report by Daily Independent suggests that Obasanjo is leading the move to bring top chieftains of the APC) to join the SDP, otherwise known as the Third Force movement.
Among those reportedly approached by Obasanjo are Senate president Bukola Saraki; speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and Governors Samuel Ortom and Aminu Tambuwal of Benue and Sokoto states respectively.
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