By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJAâ€” OCTOGENARIAN and frontline nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro, weekend, disclosed that the continued absence of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua has foisted a power vacuum and constitutional crisis on Nigeria, noting that this situation has justified the great urgency for stakeholders to come together andÂ form an alternative political platform that Nigerians can call their own.
He said: â€œAt a solemn period like this, when the country is forced into another crossroads by the powers that be, true democrats and patriots are inevitably compelledÂ to rise to their billing and provide an ingenious intervention for our peopleâ€.
Stressing that the country could have avoided the current constitutional crisis occasioned by the sickness of the president, the octogenarian said if the ruling class had adopted the peoplesâ€™ constitution prepared by the PRONACO movement between 2004 and 2006, things would have been different today.
Enahoro, a national leader of the yet to be formed Mega Party, was speaking at his Benin abode while receiving the final report, manifesto and constitution of the party, for endorsement.
A statement signed by Obafemi Olubori, Media Assistant, Mega Summit Movement, MSM, said the presentation of the final report was â€œpart of activities winding up the movementâ€™s national consultations on the formation of a formidable alternative to the ruling Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party, PDP ahead of the 2011 elections.â€
The statement recalled that both Mega Summit Movement, MSM, and National Democratic Movement, NDM, two major platforms mobilizing for the formation of the political alternative in Nigeria initiated the process towards the formation of the party in October 2008 at a mini summit of eminent political leaders convened in Lagos under the leadership of Chief Enahoro, assisted by Alhaji Balarabe Musa.
Presenting three documents of the new party to Chief Enahoro in Benin, Chief Wale Okunniyi, head of secretariat said: â€œPapa we have come back, after a long tortuous journey of building consensus for the formation of this great movement, to receive your guidance ahead of the formal adoption by stakeholdersâ€.
Okunniyi who made a similar presentation to the Working Committee of the NDM last week in Abuja said there was also a plan to hold briefing with key MSM stakeholders in preparation for the joint leadership parley of MSM and NDM holding in Abuja this weekend, where final pronouncements will be made about the much awaited party name, logo and structures.
Responding, Enahoro said â€œthe power vacuum and constitutional crisis foisted on the nation by President Yarâ€™ Adua and his ruling Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party has again justified the great urgency for stakeholders to enthrone an alternative political platform, which Nigerians can own.â€
Enahoro, though still observing strict medical advice, promised to grace the joint leadership meeting in Abuja, weekend, to demonstrate his loyalty to the yearnings of the people for a new Nigeria.