39 political parties form alliance ahead of 2019 elections

Ahead of the 2019 elections, more than 30 political parties in the country came together on Monday to sign a memorandum of Understanding to put forth a single candidate for the presidential race.

The parties which signed the agreement includes major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, Action Alliance, Alliance for Democracy, Action Peoples Party, Social democratic Party and
breakout faction of the ruling party, the Reformed-All Progressives Congress.

The MoU signed by the parties states that the "parties shall promote a positive reaction to the above failures of the present regime and to give hope to all our people."

The MoU added, "The parties shall ensure that the coalition is committed to working together in support of the single presidential candidate to contest the 2019 Presidential election in order to successfully enthrone a true democrat who will salvage the nation from the misrule of the APC government.

The alliance also promised to restructure the country and embraced zoning of political and elective powers ensuring the representation of all sections of the country.

It stated "That the parties shall promote acceptable core values for the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, secure lives and property, rebuild and redirect our nation's economy back onto the path of growth, respect human rights and freedoms, protect and uphold the cherished values of democracy and the democratic institutions and generally put right the country which unfortunately has now been dangerously divided along ethnic, religious and tribal lines.

"That the parties shall encourage state alliances among themselves to ensure that the cooperating parties under the grand alliance emerge victorious at the state governorship, state legislature and National Assembly elections.

"That the parties accept the policy of zoning political and elective offices between the six geopolitical zones of the federation.

"That the parties shall ensure that the emergent President under the grand alliance shall treat the presentation of an Executive Bill on Restructuring and Devolution of powers to the National Assembly a major priority".

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi East in the Senate and a former Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje ceased on the opportunity to announce their form return to the fold of the People's Democratic Party, PDP.

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