Ahead of the 2019 general elections, political leaders from the North Central geo- political zone yesterday unveiled a new political platform, the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
The promoters of the new
party said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), the two dominant political parties in Nigeria
today, were too weak for the forthcoming elections.
political vehicle, New Telegraph learnt, is the political wing of the
North Central Unity Bridge (NCUB), a socio-cultural organisation
embraced by the people of the zone.
The party has an open book
held by a hand on a red, white and blue background as its symbol.
Convener of the NCUB, Engr. Yagbagi Sani, who unveiled the party at a
meeting held in Abuja, said that given the present scenario where the
two major political parties were in crisis, the new party would become
the third force in the political equation come 2019.
He said that
the ADP will not only give the North- Central a voice on the political
turf, but will play a very active role in salvaging democracy in
Nigeria. Sani explained that the new party became necessary because of
the desire of the people to have a political platform upon which they
can actualise their socio- economic and political aspirations in
He lamented that the zone, which has helped to keep
Nigeria united, has been used and dumped by political actors in the
past, stressing that the people of the zone would no longer allow such a
fate to befall them.
“In the past, our zone has at various
critical stages of Nigeria’s political development played strategic
roles in bringing the nation out of seemingly intractable political
challenges such as the one currently facing the polity and the stability
of the country.
“It has, therefore, become imperative that The
Bridge as a socio-cultural organisation for the people of the North
Central rises to the occasion and provide the necessary leadership in
salvaging the fast degenerating political situation in the country,” he
Sani said that while the socio-cultural organisation would
remain focused in the task of pursuing the goal of uniting the people of
the region, it cannot afford to remain apolitical.
him, the new party will be what the Alliance for Democracy (AD) is to
the Afenifere in the South-West and what the All Progressive Grand
Alliance (APGA) is to the Ohaneze Ndigbo in the South-East.
the South-West, South-East and even the North-West; they have mastered
this game which we are trying to play. They have socio-cultural
organisations, but alongside it, they have political platforms, which
they can call their own. So this is why we thought it wise to have an
organisation that will be purely political, but different from the
socio-cultural organisation. “We must take interest in what is happening
around us and this is why we have Action Democratic Party (ADP).
is a party that you can say has its roots from North-Central. “But you
know, you can’t have a party that is only in one zone, because we want
to form the national government come 2019 and if we want to do that,
then we must carry all other zones along. We must be equal partners; we
must be cofounders of this party. We must, from the starting block,
build this party together.
So you can say the idea came from the
North- Central, but it is a national party that will have the interest
of Nigeria,” he said. The interest of the new party, he said, was how to
develop Nigeria in a sustainable and harmonious manner and create a
bright future for generations yet unborn.
Meanwhile, the North
Central Unity Bridge has elected Senator Joseph Waku (Benue State) as
the Chairman of its Board of Trustees while Hon. Amusa Amanga (Nasarawa
State) will serve as the sec- retary of the board. Other notable
politicians on the board of the organisation include a former Governor
of Plateau State, Sir Fidelis Tapgun; a former Minister of State
(Foreign Affairs), Ambassador Bagudu Hirse; Senator Usman Jibrin Wowo;
Senator Haliru Kaima; Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Chief Sam
Nda-Issaih; a former Minister of State (FCT), Chief Solomon Ewuga and
Mr. Mike Omeri, the immediate past Director General of the National