FORMER President, Olusegun Obasanjo has formally registered as a member of the newly launched Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM).
The organization was endorsed by the former Nigerian leader in his last week’s highly critical epistle he wrote to the president.
Obasanjo who had accused the president of underperformance in his letter advised him not to seek reelection in the coming presidential poll.
He had called for the establishment of a third force to unseat the present administration while noting that the two major political parties in the country have failed Nigerians.
“We need a Coalition for Nigeria. Such a Movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one to which all well-meaning Nigerians can belong. That Movement must be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and economic wellbeing and progress; a coalition to salvage and redeem our country,” Obasanjo said last week.
The former leader, however, was conspicuously absent at the launch of the movement yesterday.
Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman said Obasanjo was absent because he returned to Nigeria late from Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia where he attended the AU summit.
“He will register tomorrow (today) in Abeokuta, Ogun State,” he said.
The former president on Thursday, stormed the Secretariat of the Ogun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oke – Ilewo, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Accompanying him amid retinue of armed security Operatives, are politicians including former governors, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Donald Duke(Cross Rivers), former minister, Mrs Dupe Adelaja, opinion leaders and hundreds of enthusiastic residents desirous of registering their membership CNM.
While registering his membership Obasanjo declared that it has become imperative for the nation to “rethink and retool the way” things are done today if the country hoped to witness true development, unity, cooperation and unity.
The ex–President said Nigeria must change for better, adding that the real change must be brought about by the nation’s youth and women who were often the direct victims of things that weren’t working well.