On Monday, 38 political parties in Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to contest the 2019 general elections under one platform, the “Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP)”.
The parties include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); the new breakaway faction of the All Progressives Congress, Reformed APC; the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Labour Party (LP), Progressives Peoples Alliance; African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Ohers are the AA, ADP, AGA, AGAP, APP, BNPP, C4C, DA, DPC, ACD, GPDN, GPN, Kowa, MMN, MN, NCP, NGP, NUP, NIMNIP, NDCP, PANDEL, PPP, PDC, PPC, RBNP, RPN, UPN, YDP.
Reformed APC, a breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s former political ally in the defunct CPC, Buba Galadima, was also present at the MoU signing held at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
The new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the APC led by Kawu Baraje, was among the R-APC faction alongside members of former CPC, ANPP, and ACN.
Members of the nPDP also include political heavyweights in the APC like; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; the former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; the Governor of Kwara State, Ahmad Abdulfatah; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and others.
Baraje who spoke at the event thanked the PDP for accepting him and his members back into the party.
“If a child goes out and gets his finger burnt, he returns before he gets the entire hand burnt,” he said.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) would field only one presidential candidate to contest the 2019 presidential election against President Buhari. If the candidate of the CUPP wins the presidential poll, the agreement is to work towards the restructuring of Nigeria.
“CUPP is determined to replace the present day APC federal government with a new and acceptable national unity government in 2019,” Tom Ikimi, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, said while reading the MoU.
Adding that all the political parties agreed to work together and support “a single presidential candidate to contest the 2019 presidential election, in order to successfully dethrone and enthrone a true democrat who will salvage the nation from the misrule of the APC government.”
“The parties shall promote the emergence of a government that will usher in abundant peace, happiness, prosperity and ensure safety of lives and property inside the true and well-structured Nigerian federation.
“The parties shall work together to ensure the emergence of a joint presidential candidate of which modalities for the …process shall be under a separate agreement by the parties.
“The parties shall promote a positive reaction to the above being said and to give hope to all our people.”
“The parties shall promote acceptable core values for the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, secure lives and properties, rebuild and redirect our nation’s economy.
Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while speaking that the event noted that the CUPP was ready to kick President Buhari out of Aso Rock in 2019.
He added that the government of the new coalition would protect the lives and properties of citizens.
Secondus asked Buhari to take responsibility of the gruesome killings across Nigeria, noting that the establishment of the coalition was to protect the lives of Nigerians.
“The president must take responsibility to stop these killings on our land. As we go on this journey as our past leaders have done, I want to assure our people that we are coming strong,” Secondus said.
“This alliance is coming strong and we are ready for all elections in our country, unless they are not ready. You cannot force the people, you cannot rig election in our country. Enough is enough. You are depending on rigging, you will fail.”
Political heavyweights who were present at the MoU singing including; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President David Mark, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Dino Melaye, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, and many others.