2019: Obahiagbon speaks on Coalition for Nigeria Movement, blasts Obasanjo

A former member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon, has spoken on the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), recently launched in Abuja and headed by former Governors Donald Duke and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Obahiagbon agreed with the need for a coalition that will challenge the political class, but said it was also about the people behind the group.

“If you ask me, do we still need a coalition? Do we need a rainbow coalition that will elevate itself into a moral and political cosmos dangling on the political class? I will say yes. I agree with that fully.

“We saw the impact of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) on our politics. But, my point of departure with the coalition of Nigeria is that if we were to need a coalition that will question and pooh pooh the excesses of the political class, it is not just about forming a coalition. Who are those forming the coalition? I think we still need the beautiful ones that are yet to be born,” he said on Channels Television.

Reacting further to the public statement written by Obasanjo, Obiagbon said the ‘messenger’s’ activities as President of Nigeria needed to be criticised first.

“Former President Obasanjo himself will be one of the targets whose activities while he was president should be looked at. He cannot come and be pontificating on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“When you talk about respect for the rule of law and when you talk about order and governance. We cannot but look at the message and the messenger,” he added.