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Oyinlola emerges coalition of political parties’ leader

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Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State has merged as Chairman of the National Steering Committee of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

Comprising the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 38 other political parties, the coalition was formed last month to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

In his remarks, Oyinlola urged circumspection and readiness to stand against any untoward action from the Federal Government.

The committee’s membership also includes Senator Ben Obi; Prof. Tunde Adeniran; Alhaji A. A. Salman; Peter Ameh; Dr. Sam Eke; Jeff Opinion; and Igwe Emeka Benjamin.

Others are Razak Eyiowuawi; Amb. Shedrach Odion; Okpebholo Abduljalili Tafabalewa; Dr. Tanko Yunusa; Georgina Dakpokpo; Alhaji Buba Galadima while lkenga Ugochinyere and Mark Adebayo are spokespersons.

Chairman of the reformed APC (R-APC), Buba Galadima, advised members to brace up for tough times ahead, pointing out that taking over power from a retired army general is never an easy task.

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, urged caution to avoid the body being divided by external forces.

Both Galadima and Falae spoke at the inauguration of the committee and commissioning of the coalition’s secretariat in Abuja.
Galadima, a one-time ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, told members to be prepared for harassment, intimidation, name-calling and other divisive tendencies.

However, the South South Zonal Council of National Conscience Party (NCP) is standing its grounds not to be part of the CUPP.

As NCP schedules a crucial meeting this weekend in Abuja, it therefore urged the national chairman, Yunusa Tanko, to withdraw the party from the “unholy alliance” or expect the members’ ire.

Deputy National Chairman, South South, Pastor Peters Omoragbon, told The Guardian yesterday that members would use every tool at their disposal to resist the alliance.

He said Tanko should expect a boycott if he keeps associating with CUPP.

“The zone is boycotting the meeting being called for August 3 to 5 in Abuja until the national chairman withdraws the party from the unholy alliance he entered into with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties.

“If we have to stand alone as zone, the spirit of Chief Gani Fawehinmi will be happy that we stood for what is right.

That was his watchword,” he stated.

Chairmen and other chieftains of the NCP from the South had after their meeting on July 22 insisted on withdrawal from the alliance for the party to have a clear head and plan its future.


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