The Convener of a civil society organisation, OurMumuDonDo Movement has waded into the crisis that trailed the just concluded election of concensus candidate of Presidential Aspirants Coming Together ( PACT )
While speaking to pressmen on Thursday in Abuja , leader of the group, Charles Oputa popularly known as ( Charly Boy ) said that the movement disapproved any process or emergence of a concensus candidate that devoid of Nigerian people’s participation.
He appealled to the leadership of the coalition to postpone further discussions on presenting a united front for young presidential candidate until completion of presidential primaries of all political parties.
According to him ” We wish to advise the leaders of the PACT initiative very strongly that further discussions on presenting presenting a united front for a young presidential candidate should be postponed until the completion of presidential primaries in all concerned political parties “
” It is therefore important to inform the Nigerian people within and outside the country, that after due consultations with highly respected Nigerians, opinion moulders and social influencers across different divides of our society. We are convinced that without the participation of the Nigerian people in the process of electing a flag bearer for united front and their endorsement thereof , the process is incomplete and void ” He stated.
The group expressed disappointment that the three options given to the aspirants by the group did not go down well with the leadership of the PACT therefore making them not to arrive at a decision that represent the true yearnings of all Nigerians.
” Three options were reeled off to the aspirants by the the group : Option A was for the aspirants to unanimously agree on who would be projected as the flag bearer of their united front and that this would be done before their respective party primaries to save cost and time.
Option B was for the aspirants to wait until they had all gone through the party primaries in their respective political parties and then gather to elect their consensus flag bearer for united front. The difference between option A and B is that unlike option A where the would-be flag bearer of the united front is not necessarily the presidential candidate of political party”
He pointed out that there there bound to be stumbling blocks in every great endeavour adding that such would not deter them from achieving a great cause.
It will be recalled that Fela Durotoye last week emerged as concensus candidate of PACT after an election among the aspirants . He defeated ten other aspirants who contested against him . A Presidential aspirants, Kingsley Moghalu rejected the outcome of the election noting that the process was not transparent enough. He later pulled out of the coalition and assured his support that his presidential ambition was still intact.
Also present at the briefing are ; National Coordinator Concerned for Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, National Secretary Ourmumudondo, Raphael Adebayo and other members.