The former president in a lengthy and critical public statement on Tuesday, January 23, suggested the formation of the movement.
Although Obasanjo is not present at the ongoing launch in Abuja, two former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Donald Duke, were in attendance.
Obasanjo in his recent public statement said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were incapable of repositioning Nigeria, having lost the confidence of the electorate.
The event, which held at Musa Yar’adua Center, was attended by young Nigerians
Former Osun Governor Oyinlola stressed that he has not renounced his membership in All Progressives Congress (APC) adding that there are two different things between a party and movement.
Oyinlola explained that Coalition for Nigeria Movement is not a political party but a movement and there is need to run fast and ensure that the movement is carried into the nooks and crannies of the country.
“The aims and objectives of the coalition, it makes it mandatory for us to hit the ground running. Time is not on our side and if we are going to effect the aims of the coalition them we must run fast ”
He emphasized that the desire of the movement is to see the new Nigeria noting that there is a need for synergy between all the movement in the country to achieve a common goal of giving the leadership of the country to the knowledgeable and vibrant young men.
The former Governor pointed out that the old ones in the coalition would be like the guardian angel while the young ones would be in the driver seat and steer the ship of the country.
“What we are trying to do is like a guardian angel, it is you that must decide who is to do what and at what level. That is why we are having this meeting today and putting it back to you.”
He explained that nobody is bringing money into the movement adding that everybody will contribute in order to avoid one person controlling and dictating the affairs of the movement. He argued that everybody must have equal say and equal decision. He debunked the insinuation that the movement is gear toward legalising the legacy of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In his own remark the former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke said that we don’t have a political party in the country but platforms making people crisscross from one platform to the other seeking for office.
“What they are doing is seeking office not implementing a thought. But we also aware that a new generation is at the vanguard of taking over and why our own generation is stepping back as Governor Oyinlola said. The new vanguard will lead but we step back and perhaps guide and share our experiences which may serve as guide to the new generation.”