2019: COALITION WON’T RENDER SMALL PARTY IRRELEVANT

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Coalition formed to unseat Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigerian military ruler and presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) speaks during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos February 19, 2011. Buhari, the main opposition candidate in Nigeria's presidential election, said he was optimistic it would be a more credible race than in the past but warned events in north Africa showed people would no longer accept a rigged vote. Picture taken February 19, 2011. To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/ REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Abdulkadir Abdulsalam on Tuesday says coalition of 38 oppositions parties will not render smaller political parties irrelevant.

The Peoples Democratic Parties (PDP) was the rally point of the alliance named Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

Adulsalam in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said  there was no plan by all the parties involved to dissolve into any other party, hence, the issue of making smaller parties irrelevant, especially at the state level, would not arise.

”Go and read the MoU, nobody is dissolving into any other political party.

”Our intention is one – the presidency,” he said.

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He said CUPP was formed with the sole aim of rescuing Nigeria from its present state.

”Nigerians should be assured that the people of goodwill are coming together now to salvage the situation from the way it is,” he said.

Abdulsalam explained that the coming together of the parties differed from what took place prior to 2015 elections when the APC was formed.

“”This one is totally different. That one was merger, this one is not merger.

”Why it will be different is that all of us who are coming together now have the basic interest at heart and we cut across every segment of Nigerian society,” he said.
Abdulsama said: ”The coalition is meant for the Presidency and not for any other position.

”Now Nigerians are suffering from poverty, penury and want. People can no longer feed themselves, children can no longer go to schools; hospitals are no longer functional.

”So, the change which APC said they are bringing to Nigeria, we have not been able to see it.

“The important thing now for us is to ensure that the centre is no longer what it is now.”

The Reformed All Progressives Party (R-APC) a splinter group led by Buba Galadima is also part of the alliance.

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