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OBJ’s Third Force has no grassroot support – PPA


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The National Chairman, Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Peter Ameh has said that those counting on a third force to dislodge the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, at the federal level in the 2019 general election would be disappointed.

Mr Ameh, who made the observation while sharing his thought on the political option being canvassed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, observed that there are too many obstacles ahead for aspirants seeking to participate in the presidential race.

According to him, “For any meaningful achievement to be recorded in this direction there must be a mass movement that enjoys grassroot acceptance and involvement, a crucial ingredient that is lacking.”

Mr Ameh noted that money plays gargantuan role in politics adding that it is a gospel truth that many people would want to shy away from.

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He said: “Political Party works on structure that is deeply embedded in the grassroots, without this grassroot acceptance and involvement such a party cannot win State assembly not to talk of Governorship or Presidency.

“There are too many obstacles ahead of famous and distinguished people running the Presidential race. There must be a mass movement.

“The current alleged attempt to motivate a divided mindset in the political stage is worrisome. We need to speak of merits and pick the best in the interest of Nigerians.

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“Those hoping for a third force may be disappointed in the long run because it may not fly for this particular election.

“It seems the time and resources needed are not there at this point in time.”

“One of our greatest challenge is the issue of mutual mistrust, mutual distrust and personal interest above collective good but if we decide to put all this aside and have an open mind to listen to ourselves then a lot will be possible.

“A lot is possible if we pull our strength together so we can be seen as a trait that is worthy to be negotiated with. What we need is one force; others call it third force but third force that does not have one united front cannot succeed.

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“Let’s seat first then everything will fall into place because waiting for every four years election circle is not easy. Power is not given, it’s taken.”

Mr Ameh stated further, “Nigerian election is a very peculiar one because it is not only determined by our PVC’s but by gate keepers residing in the various communities that make up our country, these units of control and Intercessors are grand masters in vote mobilization, coordination and manipulation and it takes a lot of money to carry out this task.”

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