By Dayo Benson, Dapo Akinrefon & James Ezema
THE recently formed Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform (CODER), may have taken shine off the proposed mega-party being promoted by opposition political parties under the aegis of Mega Summit Movement (MSM), as leading lights of the two groups cannot harmonise their positions on two issues.
While former governor of Lagos State and convener of CODER, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is said to be interested in reforms of the nationâ€™s electoral process to enhance opposition chances in future poll, former Presidential candidate and Chairman of Secretariat of the Mega Summit Movement, Chief Olu Falae, believed in formidable opposition under one umbrella.This, observers saw as a threat to eventual formation of the proposed mega political party, thus fuelling speculation of a feud between Tinubu and Falae.
However, in a separate telephone interview with Vanguard, Tinubu and Falae denied the existence of any disagreement between them.
According to Tinubu, â€œI do not have any feud with Chief Olu Falae. I hold Chief Falae in high esteem because he is an elder statesman. But there is need to have a very united single party that is strong and big enough. The fundamentals have to be right.â€
In addition, he explained that â€œlike I said earlier, I donâ€™t have any feud with Chief Falae, I donâ€™t see where the feud is. My position has been clear on the issue (mega party summit). Before that (mega party) at all, it is important for us to first of all support the Justice Uwais recommendation.â€
Also speaking, Falae said: â€œThe story is pure fiction. It is totally false. There has been no argument or disagreement between me and the former Governor Tinubu. CODER, which he (Tinubu) belongs and Mega Summit Movement, which I belong are pushing for electoral reform. So, we are pushing for the same thing.”