The main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has formed a new alliance with more than 30 other political parties in the country.
The parties came together on Monday in Abuja to announce that its new name will be Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The announcement followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the leaders of the merging parties, in their bid to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC).
Part of the agreement of the MoU is to mobilise support for consensus candidates at the centre, states, and the Legislative arm of government.
It is déjà vu again as the ruling party, APC, is a combination alliance of over four political parties that merged together to defeat the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in 2015 general elections.
APC has lost most of its public goodwill and popularity following the controversial cattle colony and the herdsmen killing, poor state of the economy and lopsided federal appointment issues.
The Buhari-led APC government is also facing criticism of appointing members of his ethnicity to key positions in an unprecedented way. For instance , the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has always been appointed from a region outside that of the President’s until this administration where the Chairman is from the same ethnic stock with the President.