CUPP, a coalition to rescue Nigeria — Oyinlola
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – CHAIRMAN, Steering Committee of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, yesterday, assured Nigerians that the coalition is not just another gang- up to capture power for selfish reasons.
According to him, the CUPP is determined to rescue Nigeria from the deadly grip of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Making the remarks during the inauguration of CUPP sub-committees in Abuja, he said the coalition must plan well and work hard to wrest power from the APC and use the resultant power for the good of our people.
The four Sub-committees inaugurated include the Blueprint and Manifesto, Planning and Strategic, Contact and Mobilization and Media and Publicity.
He spoke as the Chairman of the Blueprint and Manifesto Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi, said the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, led administration failed because the hijackers could not manage it.
Said Oyinlola: “When we signed the MoU days ago the Nigerian people were elated at the coming together of patriotic political parties. However, they felt the same way when a merger was consummated in the build up to the 2015 elections. Regrettably, the All Progressives Congress which came out of the 2015 exercise has failed the people and we all know what that tells us is that we have a lot of work to do.
“We must in words, action and conduct show clearly to our people that this coalition is not just another gang- up to capture power for self aggrandizement. We must plan well and work hard to wrest power from the APC and use the resultant power for the good of our people.”
He said, I congratulate all members of the sub-committees for making the list. We all remember that a few weeks ago, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed among more than 40 political parties to work together and rescue Nigeria from misrule, insecurity and misery.
“The coming together of these parties was an unprecedented political action in this country. Even our opponents knew that what we did was a watershed in the quest to redirect the affairs of Nigeria. Since that event, a lot more has happened. We have seen patriotic elected and appointed officials having the sinking ship of the ruling party for this coalition. In days and weeks to come, we will see more positive actions that will convince every Nigerian that this coalition is the government in waiting.”
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the ceremony, Chief Tom Ikimi, said the ruling APC administration failed because the hijackers could not manage it. “I was involved in the merger arrangement that produced the APC. Unfortunately, some people who hijacked the arrangement could not manage it and that is why we are seeing the demise of
APC now. I hope we will work together in accordance with our agreement and CUPP will remain stronger and stronger.
“Well on the 9th of July, about 39 political parties met at the Yar’adua Centre and endorsed an MoU to work together, to have a strong voice in opposition that will be capable of conveying the true feelings of Nigerians across the whole country and would be able to build that alternative platform that will produce the next government of Nigeria,’’ he said.