The quest to take back Government by Peoples Democratic Party after the defeat of 2015 has been given a huge boost as over 37 other political parties all gathered in at the Musa Yar’dua Centre in Abuja yesterday to form what they call a mega party with the name Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The new party made up of notable political parties in the country are coming into an alliance with the sole purpose of wrestling power away from President Muhammadu Buhari and his political party the Aall Progressives Congress come 2019.
The alliance that has attracted a lot of reaction both in favour and against, is pretty much like what happened with the APC in 2015 which was also an alliance of some political parties at that time. But whether or not the CUPP will achieve what APC did in 2019, given how Nigerians embraced the alternative to PDP at the time which led to the overwhelming victory of President Buhari in 2015, we wait till 2019.
One of those that addressed the gathering yesterday was the Chairman of the PDP Prince Uche Secondus and a key member of the new political alliance.
While addressing the gathering, he pointed out some historical facts about political party alliance in Nigeria and how what they are doing is a proven fact that when political parties come together to form alliance the results at the end of the day will be that of success, using the incident of 2015 as one of his examples. He said:
“I welcome you all to this historic occasion that is going to be a watershed in the political evolution of our great country.
I liken what is happening here today to many landmark events in our political development as a nation starting from the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates that became Nigeria in 1914.
Other such landmark days in our country includes the day the colonial masters transited political power to Nigerians on October 1, 1960, after a tortuous struggle by our forefathers.
That historic day 14th January 1970 when the 30 months brutal civil war in Nigeria ended with the no victor, no vanquished understanding declared by the then Head of state General Yakubu Gowon.
Today is also like that day on October 1, 1979, when the military handed over power to a civilian administration
In a day like this, we cannot forget the struggle that led to the elimination of Abacha regime on June 8, 1998, the struggle and sacrifice that culminated in May, 29th 1999 final return to democracy in our land.
Another landmark day in our polity that we must remember in a day like this is the first ever successful transfer of power from civilian to a civilian administration that happened with the PDP surrendering power to APC on May 29th, 2015
I have taken us this memory lane for us to properly appreciate the import of what we are gathered here to do today to help rescue our nation that is presently going through hardship with endless killings and blood flow in a country that is not at war with any nation.
We have all witnessed all forms of intimidation aimed at suffocating democracy in our land, frame-ups, arrests and total breakdown of law and order in some areas like Zamfara state where a Governor had to relinquish his chief Security officer status.
Just last week the APC conquest regime came up with an Executive order which all political watchers including civil society groups like Decree 2 of the military era.
We know why they are doing this on the eve of a general election because they know the people have turned their back on them but they want to retain power at all cost including cowing us down.k
But we cannot be cowed if our heroes past had been cowed down by these historic events I just highlighted above we would not have democracy or a nation today.
We must stand up for the rule of law to prevail or posterity would judge us harshly.
Our leaders were fearless and united and they rescued this country from draconian regimes in the past.
By what we are doing today, fear has taken flight and spirit of God has taken over, we must stand up to defend our people.
I, therefore, call on all of us to be strong, steadfast and courageous, lets chase out APC in our lives and form a National Government that will bring succor to our people.k
Let us be firm in our decisions anticipating that our enemies will come up with all form of intrigues and strategies to rig election but we call on the international community to watch happenings in our polity with an eagle eye to save democracy in our country
In conclusion, my dear people, lovers of democracy, the report I got last night shows that Nigerians are still being killed in Plateau and some other states. I urge us to stand up for a minute silence for the souls of the innocent Nigerians who died in these senseless killings.
Let’s collectively say-#Buhari! Nigeria lives matter, Stop the killings Now.
Thanks and God bless.