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2019: Agbakoba’s NIM fuses into ANN, vows to dislodge Buhari

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Dr. Olisa Agbakoba-led Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM), has collapsed its structure into one of the newly registered political parties, the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), stating that the alliance would afford the mass movement group the opportunity to actualise its political vision of birthing a new Nigeria.

 

Speaking at the formal consummation of the alliance between the NIM and the ANN yesterday in Lagos, Agbakoba, who is the co-convener of NIM, said the political movement’s endorsement of ANN as its preferred party of choice was based on a shared philosophy and ideology.

 

Agbakoba, who was represented by the movement’s deputy director, Mallam Naseer Kura, said the movement decided to merge with the ANN after it had gone into consultation and negotiation with 17 other political parties. According to him, both platforms also share a dogged pursuit to change how politics is played in the country which, according to him, is devoid of public service and selflessness.

 

While stating that the newly formed alliance would not encourage recycling of leaders, the movement said the new working relationship would afford Nigerians interested in the birth of a new nation the opportunity to seek for office without deferring to any godfather.

 

The alliance, which has vowed to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election, is coming barely one month after former President Olusegun Obasanjo-led Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) adopted another political party, African Democratic Congress, to realise its dream of a new Nigeria. In his address, the National Chairman of ANN, Dr. Jay Osi Samuels, said the merger was a sign that their message in the last one year had resonated with the kind of people  wanted to reach, adding that the party was founded on the basis of ideology.

 

“We have the same ideology. Other groups have joined the party like Fela Durotoye’s group. As much as we know we have to institutionalise the ideologies that brought everybody together, we also have to win elections to sustain our ideologies and party.”

 

Vowing to work together in defeating President Buhari in 2019, five presidential aspirants who were present at the event said the country was on a brink and they were on a rescue mission, adding that they have a mutual working relationship to end the ruling party’s rein. The five presidential aspirants included, Mr. Fela Durotoye, Dr. Thomas- Wilson Ikubese, Dr. Elishama Rosemary Ideh, Dr Sina Fagbenro Byron of KOWA party and Mr. Alistair Soyode, who was represented.

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