Nigeria: is ADC, the third force?

In Nigeria, former President Olusegun Obasanjo joined the ADC party in the run-up to the presidential election in February 2019.

His platform, created last January, the Coalition Movement for Nigeria (CMN), is therefore officially launched on the race and wants to be a third force, facing the APC, the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the PDP, which is in crisis for several months.

The merger between the Coalition Movement for Nigeria (CMN) and the ADC (African Democratic Party) was sealed on Thursday (May 10th) in Ogun State. By joining forces with this political party, Olusegun Obasanjo hopes to bring, according to his words, “a change in governance”. Obasanjo, who retired from politics in 2014, gives moral backing to the initiative, but does not plan to join ADC directly.

By creating his movement at the end of January, the former president (1999-2007) wanted to put an end to the “era of powerlessness” and to corruption, which, according to him, gang up on the APC and the PDP. Evils, Obasanjo insists, have led to dividing Nigerians and stirring up injustices. Its movement is popular, it is open to all citizens and claims nearly 3 million members. Its goal is to federate personalities to constitute an alternative to the political system in place.

Among these leaders include former governors, including Donald Duke who does not hide his ambition to run for president.

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