By Michael Eboh
Newly-registered political party, Young Progressives Party, has described the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, as an affront on the collective resolve of Nigerians, going by the antecedents of the individuals involved.
From left, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abukakar; Chairman, R-APC, Engr. Buba Galadima; Senator Stella Omu, former Senate President, David Mark and Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, during the signing of MoU by a coalition of political parties in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
YPP, in a statement in Abuja, by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Martins Egbeola, also dissociated itself from the alliance, why it warned Nigerians to be wary in order to avoid a dèjà vu.
He said, “While we acknowledge the democratic rights of political parties to synergize, it is our firm conviction that the focal point of any such cooperation should be in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“However, when the crave for power, hate, selfish ambition and desperation becomes the motivation for such alliances then there is a need for Nigerians to be wary in order to completely avoid a dèjà vu.
“May we remind Nigerians that there was a similar awkward political alliance in 2014 with the sole aim of wrestling power from the incumbent but only for us to discover after a successful transition the high level unpreparedness for governance, which is a price we are still paying today as a nation.”
Egbeola warned that a similar scenario was about to repeat itself, stating that “Nigerians cannot afford to allow these ‘dealers’ who have come together to bargain who gets what from what is left of Nigeria to deceive us again.”
He added that, “It was an affront on our collective resolve as Nigerians for the same characters who have been in the political space for over four decades, especially from 1999 till date and known to be responsible for all kinds of demeaning statistics about Nigeria such as the nation with the highest rate of poverty, out of school children, maternal and infant mortality to mention but a few, suddenly become the symbol of moral rectitude and hope that can pull our nation out of this current murky waters of underdevelopment plunged into in the first place by them.”
“Enough of trading with Nigeria as if she were a commodity. Enough of raping Nigeria over and over again. There is no PDP or APC, patriot or victimized but what exist is the depressed poor voting masses and the extremely rich political elites and Nigeria may remain at the same spot or even worse if we continue to look helplessly without fighting for the soul of our great nation from these oppressors who are driven by greed,” Egbeola argued.
He declared that what the country currently needs was a total departure from the old order; something fresh, inspiring and daring to enable the country exit this continuous circle of rat race she has found herself for almost six decades.
According to him, n othing will change until we dare to do things differently in order to get a different and rewarding result.
However, Egbeola said, “The Young Progressive Party (YPP) is undaunted, resolute and want to use this medium to reassure Nigerians that we will not join forces with those responsible for our present quagmire whether PDP or APC and neither would it be said of our party when posterity beckons that we were part of those who mortgaged the future of Nigeria.
“The once hazy political atmosphere is now beginning to have some clarity and we now understand the stance of individuals and political parties in Project-Nigeria. However, if you are still in doubt of the much awaited third force Nigerians have been yearning for, look no further as the Young Progressive Party (YPP) make bold to say our party remains the only unpolluted and credible alternative for all Nigerians both young and old who are tired of the current status quo.
“Join us today in this rescue mission of salvaging Nigeria from those who are bent on strangulating her.”