Former Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, and Professor Kingsley Moghalu, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and presidential aspirant of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), have described the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) as a gathering of political opportunists who have nothing to offer Nigerians
Balarabe Musa, who is the leader of the Peoples redemption party, (PRP), says the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by 39 political parties and groups ahead of the 2019 general elections is an act of “opportunism”, adding that they do not have the capacity to change things in 2019.
He said, “I don’t think a coalition like this which is opportunistic will be able to defeat the governing party that is, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Remember, the reason for coming together is simply because they have lost the opportunities for sharing power.
“It is not because of anything which they can do, which APC didn’t do. No, it is not because they have a different ideological position.
“There is no fundamental difference between them and the APC. I don’t think the coalition is enough,” he said.
He maintained that what is required is an alliance which is ideologically more focused than the APC and not just an aberration of what APC stands for.
Also Moghalu, who faulted the motives behind the Coalition, said it has no agenda to improve the lives of Nigeria, stating that it only represents just name changes and new alliances that will not deliver what Nigeria needs.
Professor Moghalu said in a statement he issued Tuesday, “It is interesting to note the MoU signed by the PDP and over 30 other parties. On the face of it, it is a legitimate move; after all, we are a democracy. However, we must be clear about what it represents: power for the sake of power, without any real agenda to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“The question Nigerians must ask is this: How have the parties involved change? Has PDP purged itself of its bad actors that led to its downfall in the first place? Have these other parties demonstrated any true commitment to an open or transparent democracy?
“We’ve watched this film before and know how it ends. For those who want a true, lasting democracy, now is the time to join forces and square up against the old guard. It is time for those who truly want to fix this nation to realise we must build a coalition of progressives that can truly lead this nation, beyond any one person, beyond any one group.”