Some political parties, not less than seven are working eagerly in time for the 2023 elections in Nigeria to present a mega party capable of challenging the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This was disclosed by a politician and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu.
He said the aim is to present a credible and alternative platform to Nigerians different from the APC and PDP which he described as the “same side of a coin.”
Moghalu made this known while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja when he played host to the candidate of African Democratic Party (ADC) in the November 6th governorship election in Anambra State, Nzeh Akachukwu.
It will be recalled as previously reported by Newspot that Moghalu himself recently defected to the ADC.
Speaking on his new political party, he said ADC is a strong party with a combination of ideas, intellect and a grassroots approach to politics.
He said: “As concerns the National level, the ADC is a very strong party that is growing stronger. It was founded in 2005 and it has been a consistent party.
“All their presidential candidates from Pat Utomi in 2007 to Dr. Obadiah Mailafiah in 2019 have been intellectuals. But the party is also very grassroots-oriented.
“So the combination of ideas, intellect and a grassroots approach to politics, that combinations I think is what marks out the ADC and we hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that the 2023 elections, the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be.”
He however called on young and eligible Nigerians to register and get their voter’s card which will enable them to participate in the electoral process and choose viable candidates.
He said, “I am calling on the young people of this country, the youths, to register, vote and colonize the future that rightfully belongs to them.”
Reacting to the decision of the National Assembly to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decide on adopting electronic means of transmitting election results in 2023, Moghalu described it as a step in the right direction.
He further described it as a massive victory for democracy and the people of Nigeria.
“Speaking about 2023, I am very pleased with the news coming out of the National Assembly that the Senate has caved in to the pressure of Nigerian people and has decided to allow INEC to conduct elections as it sees fit, which means the inclusion of electronic transmission of results.
“This is a massive victory for democracy and I believe that it shows what I have been saying that we cannot all go and sit down and become part of a surrendered brigade.