Fela Durotoye’s ANN and Kingsley Moghalu’s YPP enter into alliance ahead of Presidential election

Following renewed calls by young Nigerians for the emergence of a coalition to challenge the dominance of the nation’s major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2019 Presidential elections and produce a President from an alternative party, the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and the Young Progressives Party (YPP) have resolved to go into a coalition for the poll.

In a joint statement released on Friday at the National secretariat of the ANN in Abuja, signed by Emmanuel Dania and Comrade Bishop Amakiri, National chairmen of the ANN and YPP respectively ,both parties said they decided in the interest of the nation to forge a formidable coalition known as “the Force” in order to help salvage the country from those who have held it hostage for far too long.

Stressing that “only those benefiting from the current dysfunctional system will be satisfied with the state of the nation as virtually all economic indices seem to be on a downward spiral with high rate of inflation, unemployment, poverty, insecurity are the resultant effects on the psyche and living standards of Nigerians,” the parties noted that the needed paradigm shift in the country cannot happen by wishful thinking but through conscious efforts by selfless Nigerians to disrupt the system in order to end what it called “the combined 19 years of inept leadership of the PDP and APC.”

It further noted that “the Force will in the coming days present a consensus candidate in the February 16, 2019 Presidential election as a mark of our collective resolve to give Nigerians a credible alternative away from the past when Nigerians are faced with the dilemma of choosing between two undesirables.”

The development is taking place barely 48 hours after the Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, one of the three alternative candidates who participated at the #2019Debate withdrew from the Presidential race, a move she said was to “focus on helping to build a coalition for a viable alternative to the  in the 2019 general elections.”

The candidates of the ANN, Fela Durotoye and the YPP, Kingsley Moghalu has since been under pressure from young voters in the country to enter into an alliance in order to present a formidable force at the February 16 election.

Here’s the full statement:

“The political landscape of Nigeria is beginning to get the much desired clarity with few weeks to the general elections thereby giving all patriotic stakeholders the opportunity to take informed decisions that will herald a political direction different from the status quo.

Nigeria is in dire need of a paradigm shift and this cannot happen by wishful thinking but through conscious efforts by selfless Nigerians to disrupt the system in order to end the combined 19 years of inept leadership of the PDP and APC, which no doubt has kept us in this present socio-economic and political shackles with no solution in sight anytime soon.

Only those benefiting from the current dysfunctional system will be satisfied with the state of our nation as virtually all economic indices seem to be on a downward spiral with high rate of inflation, unemployment, poverty, insecurity are the resultant effects on the psyche and living standards of Nigerians.

It is in a bid to end the aforementioned trend and change the current narrative that the joint leadership of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) after painstaking deliberation, decided in the interest of the nation to forge a formidable coalition known as “the Force” in order to help salvage our great country from those who have held it hostage for far too long.

The Force is expected to be a political point of convergence for all those who truly desire to take back Nigeria from the establishment and birth A NEW NIGERIA. While we understand the enormity of the task ahead considering that our failed leaders will not let go without a fight, our conviction is however anchored on the strength of the over 88 million Nigerians living below the poverty mark of $1.90 per day to decide the fate of our oppressors through their votes.

Furthermore, the Force will in the coming days present a consensus candidate in the February 16, 2019 Presidential election as a mark of our collective resolve to give Nigerians a credible alternative away from the past when Nigerians are faced with the dilemma of choosing between two undesirables.

We also want to bring to the attention of Nigerians the ongoing engagement with other ideological driven Political Parties that are neither with the APC nor PDP with the aim of further consolidating on the gains already made. Conclusively, while some may want to query the timing of our action, our response is simple; “it is not too late to save Nigeria and there is no better time to save her than NOW.”

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