National chairman of National Unity Party, NUP, Chief Perry Opara has said that no single political party will win the 2019 presidential election at the first ballot.
He told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that only with the coalition of political parties that can bring about a winner at the end of the day, noting that with the realignment of forces by political parties, the days of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, APC are numbered.
Opara, who is the secretary general of IPAC said the fusion of the Obasanjo led Coalition of Nigerian Movement, CNM into the African Democratic Congress, ADC was a welcome development but reassured that the coalition was still intact despite the fusion.
Opara, who is the leader of the coalition of political parties which include, NUP, Rebuild Nigeria Party, RNP, Better Nigeria Peoples Party, BNPP, ADC, CAP and others; maintained that the consultative meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo will still continue.
He said the coalition will produce the next president of Nigeria.
Opara said the north remains the battle field for the 2019 presidential election, maintaining that Buhari has a cult followership in the far north while Kwankwanso has the strongest political movement in today’s Nigeria.
According to him, “the Kwankwansiyya movement is political bulldozers that may uproot shrubs and trees and even structures and win election.”
On Atiku, Opara said he is loved by southerners ‘as a man who has capacity to unite the nation.
He reaffirmed that 2019 presidential election would not be based on party but on personality of the individual candidate.
“Political parties will just be the vehicles while candidates will be the passengers. In 2019, Nigerians will be more interested in the passengers than the vehicle, that is why I am calling on Nigerians to vote people that can perform and with impeccable credentials and track record. Above all age will be a factor in both managing political parties and running for elective election,” he noted.
On former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Opara described him as an enigma, stating that Obasanjo remains the political oracle that must be consulted at all times and whoever he endorses for 2019 is likely to be the next president irrespective of political party.
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