…As APDA, ANU, Kwansiyya group, others fuse into NUP
By Ezeocha Nzeh
There are indications that the Coalition of Political Parties (CPP), may have settled to present former governor of Kano State, and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial district, Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The Coalition, which is made of over 33 registered political parties, said that it is also working with the Olusegun Obasanjo led Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), which recently fused into the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The AUTHORITY gathered that the coalition, which has also joined with some Civil Society groups has held series of meetings with search on producing a more credible and acceptable candidate that would pose a great challenge to President Muhammadu of the APC and any other candidate that could emerge from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This development came even as factions of the All Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), factions of the Labour Party (LP), the Alliance for National Unity, and the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Wednesday fused into the national Unity Party (NUP)
Speaking at the party’s harmonization meeting with the new members, the National Chairman of NUP, Chief Perry Opara, who described the occasion as a dawn in the history of Nigeria’s politics boasted that the development would see NUP as a stronger party in the country, adding that all the groups are joining the party as co owners, as there is n o new or old member of the party.
With the fusion, Opara noted that the NUP will harmonize its position, stressing that all the members will be accommodated to play a role in the party’s leadership
At the harmonization meeting was former Labour Party chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, who led the APDA faction, Dr. Kenebu, who led the ANU, PrincePObi Nwosu, who led the Fresh PDP group, as well as the Kwankwasiyya Movement, led by their leader, Muhammad Bose.
Describing the Kwankwasiyya as the largest political group in Nigeria, Opara, who is also the National Coordinator of the Coalition of Political Parties (CPP), emphasized that the “Eagles” has landed in the NUP, noting that the new partnership with the group will widen up as the parry will leverage on it to produce the next President for Nigeria.
“Today a faction of APDA, LP, ANU, Kwansiyya group, Fresh PDP, has find time to identify with the NUP. So we came here for our national harmonization meeting. We want to say that for the NUP, you have all joined as old members, the LP, the APDA and the Kwankwasiya group have all joined as co owners of the NUP. Nobody is old and nobody is new. We will harmonize positions in the party, so that everybody will be carried along from the Ward to National level.
“Today marks the dawn of a new chapter in the political development of Nigeria. It is a common knowledge that both the political class and Nigerians have complained bitterly about genocide, bloodletting and other vices in Nigeria. The country has been polarized along ethnic and religious sides. Exploitation of the passes has become a regular feature in nation’s politics. There are evidences that Nigerians are more divided now than ever. There is no gain saying that both the PDP that dominated the political scene and the ruling APC that claimed to have magic wand have failed to unite Nigeria.
“The NUP will join forces with other democratic forces to ensure that we take the reins of governance in 2019. We are going to field candidates from Councillorship to Senate, but we will collaborate with other political parties to present an acceptable presidential candidate that would win the election for us in 2019. This coalition believes that we must join forces to end the endless killings and the hardship in Nigeria,
“I know that after today, the partnership between the Kwankwasiyya Movement and NUP will widen up, and we should leverage on that to produce the next President of Nigeria, by the grace of God.” He noted