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ADP, ANN, LP disown coalition of political parties

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[File] Former National Chairman, Labour Party (LP), Dan Nwanyanwu (left); Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) Interim National Chairman, Kabiru Shittu and APDA’s Interim Deputy National Chairman (South), Fijabi Adebo, during the official unveiling ceremony of ADP in Abuja… June, 2017 PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) have disowned the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

ADP’s national chairman, Yabagi Sani, told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the coalition, anchored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was a deceit.

Acknowledging that he was at the parley where the mega party was mulled, Sani however pointed out that the ideals of the CUPP were at variance with those of his political group.

His words: “Let me say here for the avoidance of doubt that we are not part of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

ADP is the third force that will provide the credible alternative Nigerians passionately yearn for to end hunger, wanton killings and executive lawlessness.”

To ANN’s interim national chairman, Dr. Jay Samuel, who spoke during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja, the coalition does not share the ideals of his organisation.

He said: “I was invited for a meeting which I wasn’t properly briefed about the agenda.

When I saw the attendance and what was being discussed, I wasn’t comfortable because what was being discussed did not represent what Alliance for New Nigeria as a party believes in. So, I decided to take my leave.”

Also, the faction of the Labour Party that is believed to be loyal to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it purportedly entered into with the PDP and others.

Its chairman, Dr. Mike Omotosho, stated yesterday in Abuja that Abdulkadir Abdulsalam does not represent the party.

He claimed that he was removed at the Special National Convention of the party held on October 3, 2017.

Omotosho noted: “We wish to unequivocally state that Labour Party is not part of any coalition.”

However, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday explained that the much-publicised formation of a mega coalition involving it and other opposition parties was not a true reflection of what happened last Monday.

It, therefore, declared that what happened was a mere ceremony and not an endorsement of any MOU.

The party’s National Secretary, Shehu Musa Gabam, made the clarification during a meeting between the state chairmen and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja.

According to him, “we will define the MOU when we get there. What happened was just a ceremony to say that we can work together.”


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