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 aÂ 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, â€œthe Apex Meeting of Mega Summit Movement (MSM) held at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos , on Thursday, 20th August, 2009.
â€œThe 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 peoplesâ€™ Mega Party that offers credible alternative for genuine democratization and good governance in Nigeria.
â€œThe meeting which was attended by notable political leaders and representatives of political groups across the country reaffirmed commitment to transforming Nigeriaâ€™s political process through consultative approach by advocating popular political reform with a view to deepening political participation and consolidating democracyâ€.
â€œThe 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 UtomiÂ and resolved as follows:
â€œTo 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 Nigeriaâ€™s political process with popular participation and genuine democratization.
â€œTo 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.
â€œTo 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.â€
Also, the partyÂ will â€œintensify consultations with leaders of opposition political parties and other stakeholders in the civil society and Labour to ensure the formation of a broad-based peoplesâ€™ 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.â€