By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja – Top political gladiators in the country, among them General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd, Chief Olu Falae, Chief Mike Enahoro, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Chief Ayo Adebanjo, have agreed to form a broad-based mega political party with which they intend to provide a  platform for genuine democratization and good governance in Nigeria.

Other members of the party include Mr Buba Galadima, an engineer, Professor Pat Utomi, Chief Rasheed Shitta-Bay, Chief Robson Momoh, Chief Supo Sonibare, and Alhaji Hamisu Turaki and Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Mega Summit Movement, “the Apex Meeting of Mega Summit Movement (MSM) held at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos , on Thursday, 20th August, 2009.

“The meeting reviewed political agenda of the MSM and the way forward in realizing the objective of building a broad-based platform of political change champions and stakeholders towards the formation of a new peoples’ Mega Party that offers credible alternative for genuine democratization and good governance in Nigeria.

“The meeting which was attended by notable political leaders and representatives of political groups across the country reaffirmed commitment to transforming Nigeria’s political process through consultative approach by advocating popular political reform with a view to deepening political participation and consolidating democracy”.

“The meeting received reports from sub-committees; namely the Sub-Committee on Electoral Reform chaired by Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the Sub-Committee on Political Party Formation chaired by Alhaji Lateef Jakande as well as the Summit Organizing Committee chaired by Professor Pat Utomi  and resolved as follows:

“To work towards sponsoring a private member bill and popular actions on electoral reform at the National Assembly in furtherance of MSM resolve to demand a credible electoral system that would invest Nigeria’s political process with popular participation and genuine democratization.

“To engage both chambers of the National Assembly and wide-range of political actors with popular actions in bringing about an unlimited reform of the electoral process ahead of the general elections in 2011.

“To embark on wide consultations on the draft Constitution, manifestos (policy declaration) and other documents relating to the new political party to be announced by it at a National Political Reform Summit and to convene a National Summit on Democracy in October 2009.”

Also, the party  will “intensify consultations with leaders of opposition political parties and other stakeholders in the civil society and Labour to ensure the formation of a broad-based peoples’ political party that reflects, approximates and accommodates the collective yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians as a truly nationalistic political platform for nurturing enduring democratic culture towards sustaining popular engagement with political process for rapid socio-economic transformation and national development.”


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