Barely three months after the creation of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM), African Democratic Congress (ADC) faction pulled out on Tuesday, proclaiming itself as New African Democratic Congress (N-ADC).
Protem National Chairman of the group, Precious Elekima, made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja.
The CNM, founded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had in May adopted ADC as part of its political party.
In July, the ADC joined 36 other opposition parties including Reformed All Progressive Congress (R-APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form an alliance called the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to contest the 2019 general elections under one platform.
Mr Elekima said the N-ADC withdrew from ADC because it did not want to be a party in CUPP, explaining that ADC leadership joined the alliance without consulting its stakeholders.
He said the formation of the group was to keep alive the mission of ADC to free Nigeria from backwardness, which the party (ADC) wanted to stop by joining the coalition.
He said that CNM, which he claimed now had no fewer than five million members across the country, was formed after the publication of the “famous open letter’’ by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in January, 2018.
He said that by joining the alliance, the ADC defied the clarion call by Obasanjo for the rejection of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr Elekima said without collecting any money from the former president or any of his associates, Nigerians organised themselves from the wards to state level, toiled and sacrificed towards salvaging the country.
“On May 10, without any form of consultation with the components of the federation, that is the states, the teeming members of CNM fused into ADC as the third-force with the mandate to salvage Nigerians from oppressive leadership.”
“These teeming Nigerians believed in the good intentions as set out in the clarion call so meekly embraced by the ADC.”
“They gave flesh and blood to the ADC, reinvigorated and rebranded it to aspire as the third-force in the political landscape of the country.”
“This again, they did without any sponsorship from the former president or his associates. They invested their time and resources to building the ADC whose star was on the rise.”
“Suddenly, without any consultation with the party chairmen and stakeholders in the 36 states and Abuja, the ADC was taken into a place for unholy intimacy with the PDP.”
“As if that was a small matter, defectors from the APC were also called in to take part in this unholy political orgy clothed as Memorandum of Understanding for the CUPP on July 16.’’