The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tom Ikimi has said the formation of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, is as a result of peculiar circumstances the nation has found itself.
Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister, disclosed this at the inauguration of a 17 man steering committee of CUPP in Abuja and the opening of its national secretariat on Thursday.
According to Ikimi, it is gratifying that the coalition has stayed immuned from external influences that are determined to ensure its failure.
“There has not been a single crack in the alliance since its formation, despite unsavory attempts by our main opponents, who have deliberately or mischievously attempted to initiate or present non existent cracks in the alliance to the public.
“CUPP is borne out of the peculiar circumstances that our nation finds itself at this time. The coalition is in the quest for a return to a virile and durable democratic process that will assure respect for civil liberties and human rights and maintain a culture of sustained adherence to the rule of law.”
Ikimi also hinted that the coalition will soon create a number of committees including the Blueprint/Manifesto, Publicity/Media Strategy and Contact/Mobilization committees.
Members of the committee include Alhaji Buba Galadima, Senator Ben Obi, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Chief Peter Ameh, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, Chief Sam Eke, Honourable Jeff Ojinka and Barrister Igwe Emeka Benjamin.
Others are Honourable Razak Eyiowuawi, Ambassador Odion Okpebholo, Abduljalili Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, Reverend Olusegun Peters, Barrister Georgina Danagogo, Ikenga Ugochinyere and Mark Adebayo.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthew
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