Falana, Labour, activists across Nigeria resolve to form new political party
..says a ‘new Nigeria is possible’
By Akeem Bodunde
Ahead of national elections, progressives across Nigeria have met in Abuja with a resolve to form a new political party. Forces behind the new movement are drawn from trade unions, civil society,students, farmers and peasants from across the 36 states of the Federation.
The promoters in documents made available to Irohinoodua said the new movement will wrestle Nigeria from a rainbow coalition of dishonest, corrupt and reactionary politicians currently driving the country to a shipwreck through mass corruption and exploitation of the primordial fault lines for personal fortunes..
The new movement hopes to replace hope with despair by uniting the working people and the masses beyond the narrow prism of ethnicity and religion with the hope of attaining a new Nigerian renaissance. The new group was named The Peoples’s Alternative Political Movement) with a socialist ideology tailored to transform the new-colonial Nigerian economy.
‘The new movement will build a new country based on justice, equity and protection of the dignity of mankind irrespective of ethnicity, faith or creed. We shall make Nigeria great again and put the country back on her status as the giant of Africa’, the promoters said as part of their mission statement. Labour icon, Prof Toye Olorode and Jaye Gaskiya an environmentalist signed the communiqué issued by some 30 groups that convened the meeting.
The movement expressed worry that Nigeria, characterized by extreme poverty, arms proliferation, religious intolerance, the rise of hate and ethnic nationalism is moving towards social upheavals due to exploitation of the people, greed and avarice of a spineless political class that has reached its wits end.
The meeting had in attendance present and past labour leaders with a diverse presence of peasants and farmers unions from across the country.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting held at the Women Development Centre in Abuja the groups said the ‘Common Political Platform’ will be established as a tool for political engagement, social intervention and contestation for political power.
At the summit were Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Joint Action Front (JAF), Coalition for Revolution (CORE), Take Back Nigeria, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service and Recreational Service Employees (AUPCTRE), National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON), Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Socialist Labour (SL), Socialist Workers and Youth League (SWL), Civil Rights Council (CRC), Social Mobilisation Project (SMP), More Action Less Talk (MALT), Protest to Power (P2P), Human Rights Defenders and Protectors (HRD), Social Action (SA), in Social Accountability and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (SAESI), National Youth Democratic Association (NYDA), Nigerian Youth Choice (NYC), Youth Alternative Leadership Movement of Nigeria (YALMON), Tubali Development Association (TDA).
The group put in place an interim frame work organising of the movement and the composition of its interim organs and leadership was alsoadopted.
The next three months, according to the group will be used by participating organisations in the new movement to carry out consultations that will help to strengthen the movement, popularize the political platform and its program, mobilize other left groups and radical progressive forces to join us in the new initiative, and intervene regularly in the day to day struggles of the popular masses across the country.
“The platform would mobilise the working masses of Nigeria in contestation of political power with the ruling class by any means necessary; including through revolutionary electoral politics on the basis of class struggle” the coalition said.
That movement plans to consolidate its relationship with the labour movement in order to reclaim the workers movement, broaden the base and promote working peoples’ participation in the political and economic processes of the Country towards the realisation of the socialist transformation of Nigeria.
“As part of its organising and mobilization work amongs the popular masses the movement would build and organise amongst the women, the youth, the students, peasants, artisans, and other exploited and vulnerable groups in the country, as well as Nigerians in the diaspora; and building effective political relationships with their movements and organisations”
It said in understanding the existential challenge posed to the Country and her peoples by ethno-religious fundamentalist mobilisations and counter mobilizations, the summit affirms that the Nigerian ruling class is incapable of resolving the crisis facing Nigeria, and that only a socialist transformation of Nigeria can adequately address these myriad of problems.