Former Minister of Information and 2019 presidential hopeful under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof Jerry Gana, yesterday said the 39 political parties decided to form the coatlition in order to stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) from returning to power by default in 2019.
Gana, who stated this during a retreat for SDP state chairmen in Abuja, also decried the level of killings in the country, maintaining that devolution of powers and creation of state police remains the solution to the crisis.
Thirty-nine opposition political parties, including the SDP, on Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to produce a single candidate for the presidential election in 2019.
The former minister explained that opposition political parties decided to work as a unit because they are mindful of the tendency of this administration to intimidate opponents.
He said “this APC government is not like the previous one that we participated in which was people oriented. We are seeing indications that they don’t care, that they just want to retain power. And so we said Nigerians must come together and we don’t want to be divided and allow this government to win by default. We were strong individually but we decided to come together and become stronger.”
Gana however explained that the party’s retreat was necessary to enable it’s state chairmen and the national leadership familiarise themselves with the party’s manifesto and programmes.
Speaking also the national secretary of the party, Shehu Gabam, decried the poverty in the land, saying it demands eradication. He also lambasted the APC for getting into power without being ready for governance.
He urged SDP leadership to ensure the a robust reward system, stressing that it was one of the reasons PDP ran into problems.
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