Two days after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and 38 other political parties formed a coalition in Nigeria with a view to ousting the present rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) from power in 2019, two newly formed political parties – Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Action Democratic Party (ADP) have distanced themselves from the alliance.
The National Chairman of ANN, Dr Jay Samuel disclosed to newsmen at a press briefing on Wednesday that he walked out of the meeting conveyed by some leaders of various political parties under the aegis of Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP).
Samuel revealed that he left the crucial meeting when he realised that the gathering was not what the country needed to move forward, adding ANN members will neither go into any alliance with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming 2019 general elections.
“I was invited for a meeting, which I wasn’t properly briefed about the agenda of the meeting, and when I got to the meeting and I saw the attendance and what was being discussed, I wasn’t comfortable because what was being discussed did not represent what Alliance for New Nigeria as a party believes in.
“So, I decided to take my leave. I didn’t even have any idea of what they were there for but I knew I was informed but when I got there, I was sweating and I finally took the decision of not participating in the meeting,” he said.
Speaking further, Samuel noted that his party members will continue to work harder as they had been doing since when they got approval from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in order to wrestle power from both APC and the coalition and achieve other already set ideas of ANN.
According to him, “Alliance for New Nigeria is clearly focussing on what we believe in and why we came up as a party. From the very beginning, we were coming to wrestle with any of the current major political parties whether it is APC or PDP. We wanted to create our plans.
“Our agenda is to create a new voting bloc not the currently existing crop of leaders and do away with current leaders. What I saw in that room was, the same people that were committed to retiring, we have our hash tag, we have been running almost to a year now to replace, so, I wasn’t comfortable coming to a room where I saw all the grandfathers and the grand patron of all and everything that has been wrong with Nigeria politically in a room.”
While assuring aspirants that have declared to contest the coveted seat of President on the platform of ANN victory in 2019, the party chief said, “We are coming to disrupt the space and we are not going to do it the way of the old. In our party there is no consensus, the platform if opened to all, we would provide a level playing field for everybody.
“We need to show Nigerians we are doing something differently and whoever gets our party ticket would be the person Nigerians want to vote for. There is no consensus, we are not going to tell anybody to step down for anybody.”
The aspirants who have declared to contest on the platform of ANN include: Fela Durotoye, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese and Eyitayo Musa.
On the issue of herdsmen and farmers clashed, the ANN National Chairman said the issue should be tackled through the provisions of the law.
In its part, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) while disclosing dissociation from PDP-led coalition said it will float another coalition different from the one recently signed by the People Democratic Party (PDP) and 38 other political parties.
Speaking during a preas conference in Abuja, National Chairman of the party, Engr. Yabaji Sani, described both PDP and APC as two sides of the same coin, adding that “it was a similar ragtag coalition that brought the rudderless APC to power in 2015, so Nigerians must wake up and resist another deceit by the same desperate and corrupt politicians.”
The ADP chairman noted the party still remains the third force that will provide the credible alternative Nigerians passionately yearn for to end hunger, wanton killings and executive lawlessness.
“It is not negotiable that Buhari must go. He has failed and those who love him should tell him that his time is up.
“It is incontrovertible that the PDP and APC are two sides of the same coin. For sixteen years, PDP ruled this country with impunity and without regard to the universally accepted norms of democracy. Stealing, misappropriation and all forms of corruption became parts of the state policy.
“ADP is not prepared to jettison its values and constitutional provisions like the use of direct primaries as against the often used corrupt delegate system by the other parties in the Coalition.
“ADP is also not in a hurry to hobnob with those who mismanaged Nigeria for sixteen years and now regrouping in an un-strategic haste to resume unprecedented loot of the nation’s treasury.
“It is important to know that those who pushed Nigeria to the precipice, are the drivers of the Coalition and have nothing new to offer. To collaborate with them, is to sleep with strange bedfellows.
“The ADP is not averse to any political Coalition that can bring about a positive overhaul of the Nigerian system. But this shall be done with true patriots who are not a part of the Nigerian problem.
“In the desire to acquire power, we shall not compromise the basic principles and ideology that informed our birth which includes All-inclusiveness, Democratic Empowerment of the Youth/Women and Party Supremacy,” Yabaji said.