In Summary
  • Yunusa Tanko, head of one of the parties said the alliance would enable the opposition to "work together to rescue power."
  • The parties plan present a common candidate for all elective posts at all levels up to the presidency.

ABUJA,

More than 30 opposition parties in Nigeria said Monday they are teaming up to try to prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from being re-elected to a second term in power early next year.

Representatives of 39 registered political parties, including the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), signed a memorandum of understanding to form an anti-Buhari alliance in the election next February.

PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan told AFP that the accord would enable the opposition "to come together, present one presidential candidate who will oust the incompetent government of President Muhammadu Buhari."

RESCUE POWER

Yunusa Tanko, head of one of the parties — the minority National Conscience Party — said the alliance would enable the opposition to "work together to rescue power."

"It's a grand alliance of 39 political parties. It's an alliance, not a merger. The idea is that we are going to work together as equal," Tanko told AFP.

The parties would present a common candidate for all elective posts at all levels up to the presidency, he explained.

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