By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general elections, a prominent Lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has emerged as the interim National Chairman of a newly registered party, The People’s Trust, PT.
Similarly, the party has considered and approved the election and nomination of Prince Adegboyega Aderemi, from Ile Ife, as its provisional governorship candidate the September 22nd Governorship election in the State of Osun.
These were contained in the resolutions of the meeting of the interim National Executive Council, NEC, of the PT held at the weekend in Abuja.
According to the resolutions signed by Mallam Ja’afaru Nasser Kura, Protem National Secretary and Prof Anthony Kila, Protem National Publicity Secretary of the party, the National Convention of the PT has been slated for Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, 2018.
Party of the resolutions read, “The People’s Trust, PT, a newly consummated political formation wishes to announce the birth of a tactical merger of major political platforms and stakeholders in Nigeria under the banner of its newly registered party, PT ahead of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.
“The historic merger arrangement, which was formalised at the weekend, was conceived and facilitated, by like minded ideologues, promoters and associates in the Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, Coalition for New Nigeria, CNN among others, to anchor the victory of the major bloc of political opposition in Nigeria in the 2019 elections.
“This is following an earlier understanding for a tactical merger among major political platforms, key stakeholders and prominent players within the circle of an emergent opposition coalition in the country tagged CUPP.
“The fresh platform of rainbow formation of credible political leaders, wish to further clarify that consequent upon formalising the agreement for a tactical merger under the umbrella of a newly registered political party in 2018 known as the Peoples’ Trust, PT, various political stakeholders and parties in the evolving mega arrangement have also unanimously elected Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; a Foremost leader in the Nigerian Civil Society and human rights Community, to lead the new mega party, in the interim, towards concretizing all negotiated power sharing arrangements of the latest mega formation at the forthcoming Congresses and National Convention of the People’s Trust.
“In the meantime, Agbakoba, who is also the Leader of Nigeria’s biggest political movement; Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, a major convergence for Fresh breed, emerging political leaders in Nigeria, has accepted to steer the rescue agenda of the newly consummated mega party for Nigeria; pledging to go all out to recruit and mobilise other credible political allies and aspirants across the length and breadth of the country to join forces with the new mega party for a resounding victory in the 2019 electoral contest.
“Among the new Protem national officers elected to work with Olisa Agbakoba to organise inclusive Congresses and national convention, is the son of the former prime minister of Nigeria, Dr Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa from Bauchi State, who was endorsed as the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the mega party in the interim”, the resolutions said.
The interim NEC of the restructured Peoples Trust, under the leadership of Dr Agbakoba SAN has been charged to engage and consult with some leading Presidential aspirants and Political icons in the country and to urgently convene a national stakeholders summit on Nigeria’s democracy for the purpose of adopting a common presidential candidate and to broker further merger of more platforms and stakeholders with the new mega formation on the platform of the People’s Trust.