Only coalition of parties can defeat Buhari in 2019 – Okupe

Doyin Okupe
Doyin Okupe

A former presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, has called for a coalition of political parties to combat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 presidential election.

Mr. Okupe warned that the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would not defeat President Muhammadu Buhari if it decided to go it all alone.

Mr. Okupe, who is the national leader of the Accord Party, AP, was a member of the PDP until he dumped the party last year.

He spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday at the election of the state executive of the Accord Party in Ekiti State, and the adoption of Banjo Ojo as the party’s candidate for the 2018 governorship election in the state.

“It took a coalition in 1998 to be able to send away the military. The coalition crystallised into PDP, won election and held it for 16 years,” Mr. Okupe said.

“It took coalition of forces again in 2015 to be able to wrest power from the PDP and that is what Nigerians should do in 2019.”

According to Mr. Okupe, the defection of former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, from the APC is a big blow to the party and sign that the party may eventually crash in 2019.

He however described the AP as a veritable third force that is blowing like a whirlwind across southwest Nigeria and the country at large, boasting that the party would win the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Mr. Okupe said the PDP and the APC had disappointed Nigerians and turning to AP was the only way out.
“If you check properly, former Vice President Atiku has just left the APC now and this is a big blow,” he said.
“The PDP is virtually leaving an intensive care unit to the mortuary. APC is bleeding profusely.

“The two parties are in crisis, so no single party can defeat the President except a strong coalition.”

He said Accord Party will go beyond Governor Ayodele Fayose’s stomach infrastructure if voted into office in 2018.

“Stomach infrastructure alone cannot transform Ekiti,” he said. “What the Accord Party will do is total infrastructure in the areas of industrialization, health, education, youth employment and rural development.”

Mr. Ojo, the governorship candidate of the party, said Accord Party would participate in the December 23 local government election to test its strength in Ekiti.

“The Accord Party is less than three months and we are already making waves,” he said.

“What we intend to do is to sponsor youths and women for the council elections , so that they can turn around to develop their own towns.

“We are really concerned about how to boost the economy by setting up industries like rice mill in Igbemo Ekiti and flour mill in Ilawe, which produces the largest banana in Nigeria.

“We are also encouraging women through empowerment programme and this we are starting by fielding a woman as my deputy governorship candidate in 2018 to demonstrate our love for them.”


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  • Emeka

    “…Not even every party in Nigeria put or merged together, can oust pmb.” This I can comfortably bet a million dollars to your dime…!! A man who met empty treasury and with determination took Nigeria out of recession and for the first time in history, on our way to food sufficiency and less dependent on a single source of revenue.

    A man who fought corruption like never been done in the history of this great nation. A man who cleansed the augeans stable in the management of public fund, by implementing TSA policy which couldn’t be implemented by the administration that introduced it. The list is endless…

    “Who is that man or woman that could challenge pmb, please mention the person’s name, I would like to know?” Just one name, please!!

    • A.A.Ngalos

      Their day dream was that Atiku will defeat PMB.

      • Truthometer

        Let them continue dreaming. PMB will give all of them a resounding defeat in 2019. Atiku is a symbol of absolute corruption.

    • kinsly

      Nobody bros! Nobody!

    • Dan

      PMB may not have fully met the expectation of Nigerians but so far with your brief analysis i think it will be difficult to defeat him with the present crop of politicians that we have irrespective of party leanings. Bravo for the comment.

  • omooba

    Nobody can defeat PMB.very soon they will say they rig the election.what we did to GEJ in 2015 will happen to ATIKU.lets wait and see how everything unfold.empty barrel make hell of noise

  • Chris Inyang

    Dr. okupe is talking shit for real, no sensible Nigerians will vote out the current administration from the office. This government has tried but not enough when compare to any political parties we have had in the country. I am pleased with the job it has done, and I believe overtime it will get better.

    • Pluti

      PDP is dead, PMB has been diversifying the economy and just need to get some key areas better even though e dey m ess up and Atiku Will only destroy it further

  • HAMZA

    …..yes coalition of parties – including APC itself! Ha-ha-haaaa!