2019: Agbakoba, Ezekwesili, others convene Roundtable for Candidates

Presidential candidates and Leaders of the third force, political parties in the country have already perfected plans to shortlist and settle for a fresh breed consensus Presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.

In a communiqué issued after a tactical exploratory meeting of the promoters of the initiative on Sunday in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, the Director of Strategy and Publicity Bureau of Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, Dr Olusegun Awe Obe, disclosed that the parley resolved to align all serious Presidential candidates of the third force political parties into a common platform for the purpose of upstaging the two Presidential flag bearers of the old order in All Progressive Congress, APC and People’s Democratic Party, PDP at the 2019 elections

The statement said the move is especially inspired by the recent pacts for structural merger signed by the Olisa Agbakoba led People’s Trust, PT and the Obasanjo’s African Democratic Congress, ADC on one hand and the strategic alliance ratified last month between the Peoples Trust, PT and the Olawepo Hashim’s Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, on the other, which already set the tone for the emergence of a consensus Presidential candidate of the third force against Muhammadu Buhari of APC and Atiku Abubarkar of PDP.

The round table to shortlist consensus Presidential candidate of the third force, Awe Obe said, is billed to hold in Abuja in the last week of this October to be chaired by a frontline leader of the civil society and Chairman of NIM, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN.

Some of the Presidential candidates expected at the consensus forum are Mr Donald Duke of SDP, Dr Gbenga Olawepo Hashim of APT, Dr Obby Ezekwesili of ACPN, Dr Segun Mimiko of ZLP, Mr Obadiah Melafia of ADC, Dr Kingsley Moghalu of YPP, Dr Sina Fagbenro Byron of Kowa Party, Ali Soyode of Yes Party among others

The tactical committee in conclusion stated “we have to come a very firm realisation that none of us in the third force, fresh breed political parties in Nigeria, can go it alone against the two behemoth, hence the necessity for a consensus among third force political parties to take the country back to the people in 2019 from the ruthless grip of APC and PDP”