Omoyele Sowore, founder of Sahara Reporters, has held a meeting in Abuja with other presidential hopefuls and middle-aged politicians, including Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party, Fela Durotoye of the Alliance of New Nigeria, Mathias Tsado of the Action Democratic Party, Thomas Ikubese, and Ahmed Buhari.
The ICIR gathered that the meeting was held on Tuesday evening at the Abuja residence of Charles Oputa, Nigerian entertainer popularly known as Charly Boy. It followed a similar meeting that was held on Monday.
At the end, a video was released showing the various political aspirants holding hands as they repeatedly chanted, “We have all agreed to work together”.
Sowore described the meeting as productive and said its purpose was to ensure younger candidates unite efforts through a coalition towards installing fresh candidates in governance.
In a Facebook live session held on Wednesday morning, he also revealed that the coalition has not decided upon who will be the flag bearer while assuring that the general interests of Nigerians will not be compromised regardless of the outcome.
When asked if he could step down for Moghalu, he said the YPP candidate has not raised the question and maintained that the coalition intends to present a united front. Whoever will be stepped down for, he said, will be one who has the capacity to gain the trust of all Nigerians and can ultimately win the election.
He said he will now be announcing his platform on August 15, 2018.
The development is coming on the heels of the mass defection of members of the National Assembly among other top politicians from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Bukola Saraki, president of the Senate, also announced his defection from the APC on Tuesday “after extensive consultations”. He cited as part of his reasons that “elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist”.
Below are photos from the meetings:
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