David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The African Democratic Congress (ADC), which recently received the former President Olusegun Obasanjo-led Coalition Nigerian Movement (CNM) has assured stakeholders that the party has devised a strong strategy to wrestle power off the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

The national chairman of the party, Chief Okey Nwosu who spoke to journalists in Awka, Anambra State said the party would win over 60 per cent votes in President Buhari’s North West zone in the 2019 general election.

Nwosu told journalists that besides the CNM which recently collapsed into the party, another group; Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN) which consists of 35 political parties were also ready to work with ADC to wrestle power off APC and restore the lost glory of Nigeria’s democracy.

“We are building structures all over Nigeria, our aim is to restore the lost glory of Nigeria’s democracy. I am not surprised that ADC was chosen by the leaders of CNM as the party to work with.
“I have been with the leaders of the coalition, from Obasanjo to Babangida to TY Danjuma, and one thing is interesting; I saw the passion to change Nigeria in all of them. I was not surprised they choose ADC because we also share a similar passion,” Nwosu said.

He stated further that, “I am the chairman of Coalition for New Nigeria(CNN) which comprises 35 political parties, and I cannot tell you that they will collapse or merge with ADC, but these parties are working with us.

“If elections hold today, we are taking over 60 per cent of votes in the North-west, and it is like that in other zones and we are still working. People are donating structures, people are trooping in to register with us all over the country, and I tell you, it is time to salvage Nigeria.”

Asked if he feels confident that despite the clamour for shift of power to the youths, his party was aligning with elder statesmen, Nwosu said the elder statesmen in CNM were majorly the leaders of the group, and that the coalition consisted mainly of youths and the party had already devised a formula, which gives youth and women 30 per cent each, of elective positions, while 40 per cent was left open for all.

He also added that the party had not decided on which zone of the country would produce the party’s presidential candidate, but was rather working on strengthening its internal democratic mechanism to ensure that all its candidates for elective positions in 2019 were produced through transparent process.