Presidential aspirant of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has described the new Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) as a gathering of old guard politicians who are only “seeking power for the sake of power without any real agenda to improve the lives of Nigerians.”
The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has therefore called on Nigerians to ask themselves if the parties involved in coalition has changed, and if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is the arrow head of the coalition, has purged itself of its bad actors that led to its downfall.
Moghalu stated this in a statement he made available to newsmen on Tuesday, saying that it was time that those who truly want to fix Nigeria realise the need to build a coalition of progressives that can truly lead the country beyond any one person or group.
“It is interesting to note the MOU signed yesterday (Monday) by the PDP and over 30 other parties. On the face of it, it is a legitimate move; after all, we are a democracy. However, we must be clear about what it represents: power for the sake of power, without any real agenda to improve the lives of Nigerians”.
38 political parties had on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PDP, forming CUPP in order to present a single presidential candidate in next year’s election.
But YPP presidential aspirant said, “The question Nigerians must ask is this: How have the parties involved changed? Has PDP purged itself of its bad actors that led to its downfall in the first place? Have these other parties demonstrated any true commitment to an open or transparent democracy?”
According to him, a candidate that Nigeria needs is somebody “new, bold and different” and can place the country on a sustainable path.
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He argued that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is a product of a similar merger consisting of many of the same elements that have now broken off to form yet another coalition to capture power.
“We’ve watched this film before and know how it ends. For those who want a true, lasting democracy, now is the time to join forces and square up against the old guard. It is time for those who truly want to fix this nation to realise we must build a coalition of progressives that can truly lead this nation, beyond any one person, beyond any one group. This is about a Nigeria that works for all. This is a Nigeria that – for once – will deliver victory for the people.
“It is time for the people to win in 2019! #enoughisenough” he said.
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