The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), which is also known as the Third Force, has declared that it will announce a consensus presidential candidate in January 2019.
Director General of the NIM, who is also the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Peoples Truist, Olawale Okunniye, who stated this in Abuja, said that the political pressure group is seeking a paradigm shift in Nigerian politics.
He said that the group is canvassing against the two dominant party, the Peoples Democratoc Party and the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that Nigerians must reject the two behemoths.
According to him, a six political parties have so far come together under the NIM umbrella, adding that by January 2019, the parties would announce a consensus candidate who will be adopted for the 2019 election.
He said: “We would produce a candidate that would serve the interest of Nigeria and not the pockets of a few. We are talking with a number of credible political parties and our consensus candidate would be unveiled in January 2019.”
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, who was also at the event, which marked the one year anniversary of the NIM said that his party was out to end a cycle of mystery and poverty imposed on Nigerians by the ruling APC.
He also said that it was disheartnening that life expectancy in Nigeria is lower than that of a country like Liberia, which he said had suffered excruciating effects of civil war till lately.
Deputy Director General of NIM, Mallam Nasir Kura, who also spoke at the event accused the APC and PDP of parading recycled politicians whom hesaid had nothing new to offer.
He said: “We don’t want recycled leaders, we don’t want people who have failed. We are tired in the way government is lead with job losses, poor infrastructure and no dividends.
“We need to rededicate ourselves to the Nigeria project. We need a credible alternative to Nigeria not leadership provided by the APC or PDP who are only interested in looting our treasury”.