2019 Elections: North Central Floats New Political Party

By Ikenga Chronicles November 29, 2016

In view of the alleged political marginalization against the people of the North Central,emerging reports reveal that  some top shots from the geopolitical zone have concluded plans to float a new political party.

Ikenga Chronicles  learnt that Senate President Bukola Saraki and his core loyalists in the national assembly among whom is Senator Dino Maleye representing Kogi West Senatorial district are allegedly  under pressure to jump ship and join the party. The new party had opened consultations with many prominent political leaders from the zone with a view to wooing them to join the group.

The move to create a separate political vehicle by the people of Northern Central was because prominent politicians in the region feel short-changed by the other section of the north.

Barring any last minute twists, the new party will be unveiled as soon as all registration formalities are concluded and its certificate handed over to its leaders.

A member of the Founding Committee of the party who pleaded anonymity said: “We want to contribute our fair share to the political, economic and socio-cultural development of this country. We don’t want to rely on our past glory; we want to be able to determine our political future in Nigeria.”

‘’Today, when it comes to elections, most zones vote with one voice. Even though we don’t like that strategy, we don’t want to be taken for granted by any group or region.”

‘’We have no umbilical attachment anywhere; any attachment we have to any region is purely historical and in this internet age, North Central is mobilising all its intellectual minds to rise up to the challenge of defining our political future.”

“We started meetings and consultations in July and so far, state chapters are already in place.’’

He added: ‘’At the moment, we have ten strategic committees working on various areas such as: Contact and Mobilisation, Finance, Investment and Economic Development, Legal Matters, Research and Planning, Socio-Cultural Integration, Security, Women, Youth and People Living With Disabilities. We are drawing our membership from everywhere across party lines.”

‘’The project has received wide acceptance from across the zone and beyond. We have received a lot of goodwill and encouragement based on the track record of some of our leaders.”

“We are looking at 2019 with the eyes of an eagle because we don’t want to be taken unawares or for granted any longer. For a long time, North Central has been treated like a “no man’s land”; but, henceforth, we will demonstrate that we are a people with strong socio-cultural ties and a common destiny.”

‘’It used to be an open battlefield for political actors who come from far and near to seek our support. But now, we want to build our own political vehicle and determine where we shall go in 2019.”

“North Central is very much aware of its political value in the Nigerian polity. By our geographical location and culture, we are strongly linked to all political zones in the country.”

”We believe that any political vehicle that originates in the North Central has a lot of passengers to pick up from across the rest parts of Nigeria.”

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