OBJ’s coalition movement yet to meet target

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More than three weeks after former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s well-publicised Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), the movement is said to be in an indeterminate state as no governor has embraced it.

Obasanjo, who served as president from 1999-2007 ridiculed President Muhammadu Buhari as lacking the economic knowledge to lead the country through its current challenges, he advised Buhari against seeking a second term.

CNM had claimed that 13 of the 36 governors would embrace the suggestion of the movement, but the projection is yet to be reached as no governor has joined the movement.

The development is said to be troubling some of the coordinators of the organization, which Obasanjo hopes could transmit into a party.

According to sources, the seeming stability in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the prospect of a sustainable reconciliation in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have made some of the governors to have a rethink on CNM.

It was also learned that time constraint accounted for the avoidance of the coalition by the governors and most members of the National Assembly, also, the governors are said to prefer fighting for survival in their parties than join CNM.

Although it is not yet a political party, the CNM is banking on a likely implosion in APC to draw more membership among those likely to be disgruntled.

The permutations are said to be unmeet following the consolidation of the APC strength in the Southwest including Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun states.

A PDP governor is reported to have said: “We believe there is no basis for going to a new movement when we have a virile party. Most of our governors, who are eligible for the second term, may get an automatic ticket. So, what is the basis for teaming up with CNM’’.

 

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