After 15 years of negotiations and agreement, seven political parties have finally joined forces to fight the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.
The Allied political parties and the National Consultative front, comprising parties, PoliticsNigeria reported had decided to join forces with the Labour Party to present a joint presidential candidate for the 2023 polls.
The spokesperson for the National Consultative Front (NCFront), Ms Bello Bilikis, who shed more light on the alliance, said that the formal endorsement of the Labour Party by the ‘3rd Force’ Movement arose from recent meetings and activities of separate political commissions of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress with their allies like the Femi Falana-led ‘The Political Alternative Movement, TPAM’ in the civil society.
She listed parties in the coalition as New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Labour Party (LP) and National Rescue Movement (NRM).
She added that Prof Attahiru Jega of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, Professor Pat Utomi of the Labour Party and Senator Saidu Dansadau of the National Rescue Movement, NRM are also on board with the arrangement and have been instructed to build a Mega Electoral Alliance and also adopt a single line of candidates among the seven allied parties involved in the ‘3rd Force’ alliance talks for the 2023 elections.
“With the novel synergy between the Labour Party and the NCFront, the convening platform of the 3rd Force Movement, which is also today the largest political mass movement in the country, Nigerians can rest assured that the glorious future we all desire for our dear country, is now achievable by 2023, especially with the brewing implosion hovering over the ruling cartel of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which will soon burst into unpreventable disintegration after their party primaries.
“To this end, an inclusive Consensus Technical Committee to screen presidential candidates and other candidates of ‘3rd Force’ allied Parties towards the adoption of a single line of candidates across all 2023 elections, is expected to be set up next month after the conclusion of all party primaries,” she said.