Leaders of conscience under the auspices of the National Consultative Front, a Citizens’ led mass political movement, has welcomed the birth of Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) as a variant of the expanding Third Force movement in Nigeria
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the national secretariat of the NCFront and signed by its media assistant, Yusuf Abdullahi Suleiman, the NCFront said it is optimistic that the emergence of the NRP will strengthen the rescue agenda initiated by the NCFront in July, 2020 under the leadership of Rt Hon Ghali Umar Na’Abba and Professor Pat Utomi towards the emergence of a formidable credible alternative third force political movement to save Nigeria from rudderless political leadership and exploitative governance.
The NCFront stated that, in line with its founding mandate, it is prepared to fuse all variants of the Third Force Movement, including RNP, led by Dr Usman Bugaje; Nigeria Intervention Movement, led by Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; the EndSARS Movement and the yet-to-be-launched Alliance for the Defence of Democracy, among others into one single formidable political bloc ahead of the 2023 elections.
It stated: “NCFront Technical Committee on Merger of political parties and stakeholders being coordinated by Dr Tanko Yunusa, Arch Ezekeil Nyak Etok, Chief Rasaq Eyiowuawi and others already has the mandate given by the National Steering Committee of the NCFront to carefully engage all stakeholders across party and sectional divides to work out a template and structures for this compulsory ideological fusion for the third force movement.
“However, in the meantime, as a way forward in this direction, the NCFront leadership has decided to mobilise and bring every credible stakeholder and like-minded political party to come together and launch an emergency national political coalition to champion the adoption of electronic transmission of election results for the 2023 elections.
“To this end, like-minded progressive political leaders, stakeholders and groups in the leading political parties have been contacted and have agreed to join forces with the new coalition to be launched in Abuja on Friday, October 1st 2021.”
Others expected to play major roles in this new political coalition are respected labour and civil society leaders and notable elders who have also agreed to serve as the new coalition’s advisers.