A former spokesperson to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has said the Coalition for Nigeria Movement will present a candidate who will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Noting that the CNM was not formed to either attack the Buhari government or to discredit the All Progressives Congress, he said their movement was created as a broad platform with a view to presenting a candidate who would contest against Buhari with the hope of defeating the incumbent President, Punch writes.
“It is absolutely impossible to oppose the incumbent especially a towering figure like President Muhammadu Buhari and hope to defeat him,” Okupe stated,
“To defeat Buhari will require an exact repeat of what Bola Tinubu and others were able to do with the APC in 2014 by creating a broad platform encompassing the political majority in the country.
“This strong coalition will present a candidate to contest against Buhari with the hope of being able to win.”
The former presidential aide repeated the widely-held opinion that Buhari has failed to deliver on the promised change.
“We recognise the fact that the APC has not done well. We are convinced that the decision by Buhari to contest again will not augur well for the country. To allow the APC to win means Buhari will continue and that would not be in the interest of Nigerians,” he said.