By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
The Coalition of Political Parties (COPP) has launched what they called a mega coalition to adopt and field candidates for governorship and presidential elections in in 2019.
National chairman of National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Perry Opara, who doubles as the Chancellor of the mega coalition said 15 parties are involved in the coalition.
He listed some of the parties to include Allied Congress Partyof Nigeria (ACPN), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Better Nigeria Peoples Party (BNPP), Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) and Democratic Alternative (DA).
Opara said, “We shall test the might of the Mega Coalition in the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States elections before the 2019 general elections. Future elections in Nigeria will no longer be about political parties or Godfatherism. It will be about the personality of the candidates and the issues being canvassed”.
He, however, clarified that the alliance is not a merger but an electoral alliance for participating registered political parties who are free to field separate candidates for councillorship, local government chairmanship, House of Assembly, House of Representatives and senatorial candidates of their party.
Explaining further, Opara said, “It shall collaborate at the gubernatorial and presidential elections. At the governorship elections, the winning party shall form a government of state unity (GSU) while at the Presidential election the winning party shall form a government of national unity (NUG), with a view to accommodating participating parties in the coalition, thereby reducing winner takes all syndrome which does not allow smaller political parties to grow in Nigeria”.
He added that the coalition is in response to the high divisiveness in Nigeria and lack of credible opposition party in Nigeria since after the 2015 general election.
He opined that in the forthcoming 2019 general election, no one simple party can win at first ballot, noting that “it will be difficult to meet the constitutional two third states requirements.
“The only way to success in 2019 is for like minded political parties to come together to select credible, capable and popular candidates who can win elections”, he added
Opara condemned the level of division in Nigeria and urged politicians and members of the non-governmental, faith based and socio-cultural organizations to be careful with their utterance and to preach peace, instead of hate and division.
The Mega Coalition urged Nigerian politicians who have something to hide to desist from parading themselves for elective offices, while encouraging credible men and women who are courageous to start now to educate the masses on their blueprint for elections.
Opara said that no party shall be excluded from participating in the mega coalition, noting that only good candidates who have a good agenda, that can provide dividends of democracy will be voted by Nigerians.
“2019 election shall have emphasis on candidates and personalities rather than parties. Nigerians are now aware that most politicians promise heaven on earth when they are seeking public office only to renege on their campaign promises when they are elected. Nigerians are now aware and know better”, he said.