Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections are approaching. Opposition parties aren’t taking political strategies lightly this time, as some of those who supported reigning President Muhammadu Buhari are now some of his major oppositions.
One of them is former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. Again he told gathering of Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) members April 28, 2018 that they should be battle ready to take over power in 2019.
In Ibadan, Trans Amusement Park venue of the meeting, the Ogun-born strong man charged members to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the poll.
During the official inauguration of CNM in Oyo State, Obasanjo encouraged members to be determined to rescue the country he ruled as democratically elected president from 1999 to 2007.
“Everybody must be determined to rescue Nigeria, it may not be easy, however, the God who performed wonders sometime ago, will again perform wonders. We have (seen), in this country, where five political parties endorsed a single person and God was laughing and knew what he would do. If we are leaving everything to God, we must do our best. Get your PVCs and encourage others.”
At a time, he publicly declared that he’s retiring from active politics, and tore his PDP membership card.
But he seems not to be tired yet as he charged the gathering not to be intimidated, “Take note, they will threaten you, but don’t be discouraged. It is only cowards who run away from the war front. Having gone this far, I won’t leave you dry. Get your PVC. I don’t think anybody can threaten me again. Remember I have been to prison for an offence I do not know anything about.”
The same Obasanjo, who wrote letter to the former President Goodluck Jonathan wrote the same to President Muhammad Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019, “President Buhari has failed,” he said.
He may be one of the stronghold of PDP, but he said neither the ruling APC nor main opposition PDP were options for the country.
He has since then put out a third force, which according to him is aimed at reshaping and changing the way Nigeria is governed.
“I don’t think at my age, I should continue to complain and not find solution. It came in my statement on the 3rd of January that CNM was made out of the reality of the situation in Nigeria, deep thought and reasonable consideration. CNM is to find solution to the situation we have found ourselves.”
“If anybody wants this situation to continue, his head must be examined. Those of you who have been victimized by the situation and want the situation to continue can’t be friends of Nigeria.”
Future of third force
Still a movement at the moment, but Obasanjo said that talks are going on to go into alliance with other movements of like minds, presumably with new generation parties. There are more than 30 of them.
Those who have identified with the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) include; Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Taofeek Arapaja, Oyewole Fasawe, Donald Duke and Hammed Raji, among others.
‘He is indeed our Messiah. Kindly reflect on all his involvements in all governments, globally and nationally. He is indeed the father of modern Nigeria. As the foremost statesman, he has always wanted the best for Nigeria. His comments and observations on the past and present administration are just for the progress and development of our country,” Oyo State Coordinator CNM, Olayiwola Olakojo, a former Secretary to the Oyo, said.