Obasanjo New Political Party ADC Spilt
The perceived weakness of opposition parties some months to 2019 general election has been credited as possible reasons for the nonchalant posture of the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC)
A Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) that metamorphosed into political party, African Democratic Congress (ADC) by the Egba-Born former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is gradually disintegrating.
The major opposition party PDP has also continued to move from one crisis to another.
Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr Abduljalil Tafawa-Balewa led Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) which also metamorphosed into political party, Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) ahead of 2019 general election but is also yet to gain the required recognition.
People likened the activities of NIM to those of Human Rights Organizations rather than a political party aiming to contest to win election.
Apart from PDP, ADC and ANN, it is hard to point at any other political parties out of the 48 existing parties that has the strength to challenge the ruling party in terms of strength, financial capacity, organizational ability and other attributes that takes party to win election.
Although, while there are ongoing discussion among 30 political parties including Labour Party (LP), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Alliance (AA), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Young Democratic Party (YDP), Democratic Alternative (DA), National Conscience Party (NCP) and others for a merger, the development in ADC, where a faction was said to have evolved may jeopardize the coalition.
HOW ADC SPLIT BEGAN
While the leadership of ADC gathered at Sheraton Hotel in Lagos State on Tuesday for a programme it tagged:
‘Coalition for Electoral Integrity’, to educate the electorate on the need to protect and judiciously use their votes instead of selling same to politicians on election day for peanuts, a group within the party that claimed to be loyal to Chief Obasanjo announced it’s withdrawal at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and named itself the NEW ADC.
In a letter signed by the protem chairman, Chief Precious Elekima and addressed to the INEC chairman the faction said the cotention was the alliance formed by the ADC with PDP, the Reformed All Progressive Congress (R-APC) and 38 other political parties.
The group announced that INEC is already aware of the new formation.
The n-ADC alleged that ADC has strayed from the initial agenda aimed to salvage the country from both PDP and APC.
It said since some of the National Leaders of ADC have chosen to move into alliance with PDP and the ruling APC, the N-ADC faithful who do not wish to be part of the bandwagon were forced to stand out.
Elekima also alleged that his people were not consulted when the Nwosu-led ADC decided to form a coalition with other political parties.
ADC National Chairman, Chief Okey Nwosu, who was at the Tuesday event in Lagos dismissed Elekima as a dissident and non card-carrying members of ADC.
He stated there was no room for thugs in their fora.
Nwosu said the characters behind n-ADC were hired agents acting out a script from their paymasters for reasons best known to them.
Nwosu stressed that the party was prepared to lead Nigeria out of the socio-economic mess occasioned by the lack of direction on the part of the ruling government, “and we can’t be distracted.
How is it possible for you to break away from a party you initially don’t belong to?”
Nwosu also said that the information available to him at the launch of C4e-integrity was that: “We have, through the first attempt, ever by a political party to spearhead the struggle to right the wrongs in Nigeria’s troubled electoral system, won the hearts of many Nigerians as the party to beat in the current political scene.”
The insinuation that Chief Obasanjo was behind the incidence may not be true as a reliable source within the party disclosed that the former President’s name was only brandished to give n-ADC credibility: “Baba was not in the country and he couldn’t have been part of the process to destroy what he built.
“The ruling party might have orchestrated the plan by infiltrating the ranks of ADC members.
In the first instance, APC appears to be uncomfortable with the ongoing coalition arrangements among opposition parties and is bent on doing everything to frustrate them.
“Most shareholders in the APC have come to realise the fact that their party has lost goodwill and the skepticisms about PMB state of health.”
DONALD DUKE ANGLE
It was not easy to ascertain the level of involvement of a former governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke in the n-ADC crisis.
But speculations have it that the major actors behind the n-ADC were those the former governor brought into Obasanjo’s CNM before it adopted the ADC platform.
Before the n-ADC declaration in Abuja on Tuesday, there were reports that Duke had been having some brawls with ADC leadership over his ambition to contest the Presidential election in 2019, which does not go down well with the party.
It was also alleged that Obasanjo and Duke are not really on a good time over Duke’s Presidential ambition on the premise that whosoever will replace Buhari next year should come from the northern part of Nigeria
Duke must have realized the implications of the party forming an alliance with a big party like PDP where the likes of former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki and other influential northerners are currently planning to realise their Presidential Ambition.
This must have propelled his supporters in the ADC pull out on Tuesday.
Although, neither Obasanjo nor Duke has made any public statement on the development, CNM had similar misunderstanding with the Agbakoba and Balewa NIM and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) not long ago.
It was alleged that Obasanjo’s initial decision to collapse CNM into SDP did not work due to some irreconcilable differences between him and the national chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae.
His talks with NIM also failed before finally sealing a deal with ADC.
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