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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Balarabe Musa reacts to PDP’s coalition with R-APC, 38 parties, calls MoU an act of opportunism

Former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, says the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by 39 political parties and groups ahead of the 2019 general elections is an act of “opportunism”.

Musa said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said, “I don’t think a coalition like this which is opportunistic will be able to defeat the governing party that is, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

Saga Gist reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and 37 other political parties and groups had on Monday signed the MoU ahead of the 2019 general elections.

National chairmen of the political parties signed the MoU pledging to work together under “Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP)’’ to produce a presidential candidate for the forthcoming election.

Musa, who is the National Chairman, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), said his party was not part of the coalition.

“Remember, the reason for coming together is simply because they have lost the opportunities for sharing power.

“It is not because of anything which they can do which APC didn’t do. No, it is not because they have a different ideological position.

“There is no fundamental difference between them and the APC; they are just an electoral gang to defeat the APC. I don’t think the coalition is enough,” he said.

According to him, what is needed is an alliance which is ideologically more focused than the APC and not just an aberration of what APC stands for.

“In any case also, they have to contend with other alliances. I don’t think it will make any difference at all.

“Between now and August, we will know whether they can make qualitative difference and do what APC is able to do,” Musa said.

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