A ‘third force’ group floated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo under the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) held its inaugural meeting Friday in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Members who were mainly People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters with few aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD) members came from across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Among them were its Coordinator, Hon.Demola Ijabiyi, Protem Secretary, Oluwarotimi Akintoye (Zadok) Former Deputy Speaker, Dare Emiola, Former PDP State Chairmen, Ebenezer Alabi and Biyi Poroye, Dr Dare Bada, Former Mimiko’s aide, Sunday Menukuro, and Kehinde Alabi.
It also included APC chieftains, Jimi Adekanle (JAF) and Mrs Kehinde Adeniran (kk) and others.
Addressing the gatherings, Ijabiyi said the forum was not a political party yet, but a mass movement to determine how Nigerians would be salvaged from the bondage of the discredited politicians in the APC and PDP.
He explained that the platform made up of various groups and tendencies would constitute a new policy order, urging every Nigerian to embrace the Coalition.
According to Ijabiyi “APC and PDP are vessels of darkness, we are bringing people to light, as nobody will like to remain in darkness, there is the need to liberate ourselves from the bondage of these exploiters, who have no solution to the problems of the country.
The Coordinator who is an ally of Chief Obasanjo said “For now, we are not a political party, but after collating the movement as a formidable mass movement of people in all sectors of life, the decisions of leaders of the Coalition will metamorphose into a political party”.
He noted that already there were several movements coming up that would align with this coalition to achieve the desired goals.
Ijabiyi said the youths would form the largest component of those to lead the movement and determine their leaders at various levels, stressing that there is no way the present precarious situation in the country will be allowed to remain persistent without seeking best alternative.