CNM’s Strategy Towards 2019 Election
Nigeria News takes a look at the plots by the Coalition For Nigeria Movement, CNM to bring in a young president in 2019.
Though the Coalition For Nigeria Movement, CNM being mentored by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not a political party, the group is working with top politicians to kick out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Obasanjo in his recent statement advised Buhari not to contest for the second term, urging him to retire from service and join the crew of elder statesmen to offer advice to the youths that should take over from 2019.
He also told him to spend more time in taking care of his health than struggling to rule again. In that letter, Obasanjo disclosed his plan to support the CNM but promised to quit the group if it would venture into partisan politics.
However, investigations have shown that though the group might not register as a political party, the members, which include past governors and lawmakers, educationists, professionals and businessmen are working with top politicians to usher in new leaders in 2019.
At present, it was gathered that the group have been discussing with former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso to declare his presidential ambition officially and choose a political platform on which he would like to realise his dream.
Kwankwaso is a member of the All Progressives Congress, the ruling party, and one of the ambitious persons that would be contesting against Buhari.
Another presidential hopeful is the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal whom according to findings may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party to realise his ambition.
Tambuwal is one of the governors that have not really thrown their weight behind Presidential Buhari. Our correspondent gathered that a PDP governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike is trying to convince Tambuwal to return to PDP so that he could get an automatic ticket.
Meanwhile another former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido is also warming up to launch his presidential ambition.
As more aspirants are showing interest in Buhari’s seat, CNM has capitalized on the opportunity to size them up and choose the most vibrant among them to upstage the present government.
Though Donald Duke, the former Governor of Cross River State is a key member of the CNM, investigation revealed that he had not shown any interest to run in 2019 but had been working with the former Governor of Osun State with top politicians to give their support to a young, vibrant experienced northerners as a presidential candidate in 2019.
The CNM has narrowed its work to Northcentral, a source told our correspondent, adding that the battle might be among, Kwakwaso, Lamido and former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau.
“Tambuwal is not in their plan, though he is young but it’s like they do not like his politics, having divided the House of Representatives as the speaker for his personal interest,” the source said.
CNM is not considering any political party now but the personality that can lead the country out of the current socio-political problem. According to the group, the major political parties, PDP and APC, have failed the country because they lack leaders with political will.