2022 Committee: Are they members of the 3rd Force, or should Nigerians wait for another?
For months, Nigerians have been looking out for the advent of a third force.
The third force was expected, given the hype at the time, to translate into a movement of powerful players, strong enough to send the APC and the PDP into shock.
With very little time left, and the PDP and the APC fighting to consolidate their place in the political space, most analysts have come to the conclusion that rescuing Nigeria might prove to be a mission impossible.
Somehow, as the countdown begins, it is beginning to look like a powerful movement which may crystallize into something like a third force might be taking shape at last.
A meeting of key players drawn from the APC and the PDP as well as other groups that are concerned about the Nigerian project has taken place in Lagos.
Unlike previous meetings held in parts of the country, including Abuja, the Lagos gathering reportedly brought on board, well known players in the business.
Leaders of established political parties as well as others who believe it is necessary to shun existing political divides in order to put the country first were among those who joined talks about the future.
According to information, this group of power brokers who have left members of the APC and the PDP aware of the scheme guessing are operating under the aegis of the 2022 Committee.
The 2022 Committee purportedly has 14 governors, 13 former governors, past Senate presidents as well as chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Iman, Obaigbena convened the meeting
The latest conversation on the way forward was convened by ThisDay’s Publisher, Nduka Obaigbena, and the chairman, Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam.
Among those who attended the meeting were Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Anyim Pius Anyim, Bukola Saraki, Ikedi Ohakim, Donald Duke and Senator Iyiola Omisore.
A statement issued by the conveners noted, “there is an urgent need to seek common ground and irreducible minimum actions to stabilise the polity at this critical time of transition.”
It further stated, “The Committee believes that what Nigeria needs today is for all patriots to come together to rescue our nation from all political, economic and security threats, and promote the unity of Nigeria.
“We call on all patriotic volunteers, who are willing and able, to join this collective effort to stabilise the system so we can all build a new Nigeria we can all be proud of.”
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