Thirty-nine political parties have joined the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards presenting a single presidential candidate to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from power in next year’s election.
The group which adopted the name, Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) met at Yar’Adua Centre, on Manday in Abuja.
National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, described the ceremony as a landmark event geared towards the rescue to the nation.
He said: “We have all witnessed all forms of intimidation aimed at suffocating democracy in our land, frame-ups, arrests and total break down of law and order in some areas like Zamfara state where a Governor had to relinquish his chief Security officer status.
“Just last week, the APC conquest regime came up with Executive Order which all political watchers including civil society groups likened to Decree 2 of the military era.
“We know why they are doing this on the eve of a general election because they know the people have turned their back on them but they want to retain power at all cost including cowing us down.
“But we cannot be cowed. If our heroes past had been cowed down by these historic events I just highlighted above we would not have democracy or a nation today.
“We must stand up for the rule of law to prevail or posterity would judge us harshly.
“Our leaders were fearless and united and they rescued this country from draconian regimes in the past.
“By what we are doing today, fear has taken flight and spirit of God has taken over. We must stand up to defend our people.
“I, therefore, call on all of us to be strong, steadfast and courageous. Let’s chase out APC in our lives and form a National Government that will bring succour to our people.
“Let us be firm in our decisions anticipating that our enemies will come up with all form of intrigues and strategies to rig election but we call on the international community to watch happenings in our polity with an eagle eye to save democracy in our country.”
Chairman of the Reformed APC, Buba Galadima, said the coalition was an answer to the question about whether there exists in Nigeria people of courage and integrity “ to face the monster.”
Galadima said: “My presence alone here signifies a lot. I’m highly delighted and elated by the presence of the cream de la cream of the Nigerian society seated here today.
“What we are about to do will send shivers not only to those on the other side of the coin but to the entire world. We are witnesses a significant event. Most diplomats and leaders of other countries of the world keep on wondering whether there are men and women of courage and integrity in this country that can face the monster.
“This significant event that we will be witnessing here very soon is the answer to the outside world and to Nigerians.
“Let me say since we made a declaration of the formation of the Reformed APC, we have received unprecedented messages of support, solidarity from all over the world and I am confident that should we put our acts together, should we tag together, if we are fair to ourselves, do things transparently and bring up one man or woman, we will save this country, we will provide a future for our children and grandchildren.
“But let me say before I conclude that this is not going to be a tea party, that the man we will be facing is a military general
But we know him and you that I know him
“If I were him, if I were his adviser, I will advise him not to attempt to contest I have my reasons. If what I know, of what I have access to others know, I assure you that General Buhari not only will lose the election but he will lose his deposit
“My co-chairmen, because from the day we announced the formation of the R-APC, a lot of people of people received threats, a lot of people received gratifications, a lot of people received pressure from unsolicited quarters to persuade them to back out
“We are ready, prepared to take on this fight despite any deprivation, intimidation, even torture because this country belongs to all of us.
We must together fight for this our right
“For my colleagues co-chairmen who are doing the sign the memorandum today, for some of them that will be looking for money, we have provided an envelope for them to make money because already they are thinking of setting aside public money which they accused others of using during elections for this purpose.
“They can use the big stick. You do know a desperate person can do anything. He can kill if he has powers, he can arrest detain. Whichever one they choose to do, we are prepared to lay down our lives for the sake of our country.”
Former Chairman of the new PDP, Abubakar Baraje, apologised on behalf of his group for going “astray,” saying that having realized their mistakes, they decided to rush back home.
He expressed gratitude that the PDP has received them back to their home.