The National Chairman, National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Perry Opara, on Monday said only a coalition of political parties would guarantee outright victory in the presidential poll in 2019.
Opara told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the coalition, which he described as a�?loose alliancea��a�� would not necessarily be a merger of political parties, but platform for presidential victory at first ballot.
a�?When I looked at what is happening in Nigeria, I came to the realisation that no one political party can win the 2019 presidential election at first ballot.
a�?If any political party decides to do it alone in 2019, there will be a run-off; the election will be inconclusive because the ruling All Progressive Congressa��s (APC) popularity is going down.
a�?As the Secretary-General of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and Chief Administrative Officer of the Council, I have idea of what is happening in all the political parties.
a�?I felt that it is important for all political parties to come together to form a loose alliance, not necessarily a merger, but an alliance to form a government of national unity in 2019,a��a�� he said.