The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) will lose the membership of former President Olusegun Obasanjo if it metamorphoses into a political party.
The former president while registering as a member of the Movement in Abeokuta Ogun state made the disclosure at the NUJ secretariat.
“I am happy to be a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement which is a movement for good governance.
“This is the commencement for our popular and grassroots association. The membership will be free to collectively decide on whether it will become a political party and if it decides to transform itself and go into partisan politics, I will cease to be a member,’’ he said.
The ex-president’s stance that the movement was apolitical, even though he earlier told President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest for second term had already opened another chapter on discourse about 2019 with many pundits already asking what exactly he wanted to achieve.
One of the leaders of the movement and a former governor of Osun state Oyinlola Olagunsoye had earlier in the week in Abuja while launching the movement said it was not a political party for now.
“We’re not a political party, at least, for now. We recognise the facts that by the dictates of the Constitution, you can only contest on the platform of a political party,” he said.
Obasanjo said it was necessary to make it clear that the new movement does not regard itself as a third force, rather as a popular movement that can accommodate all Nigerians irrespective of their political interest or affiliations and will propel Nigeria forward.
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