Ex-spokesperson to late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Segun Adeniyi, has called on opposition parties in the country to form a coalition now if they are serious about defeating President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019.
Adeniyi, who is the Chairman of ThisDay Board of Editors made the observation in his recently launched book, “Against the Run of Play.”
He narrated that the then opposition was able to defeat former President, Goodluck Jonathan because they formed a coalition.
Adeniyi said once the opposition rallied together, it was easier to defeat Jonathan at the polls.
He said: “Majority of African incumbents don’t lose elections. So, when I researched on this, I discovered the same issue but I now realised that incumbency factor is not really the factor. When I looked at it, I said the real problem is the factionalisation of the opposition. I wrote a piece on this and I used the Nigerian example then.
Later, I turned it into an article after the election. So, united they win, divided they lose. There was no way Buhari could have defeated Jonathan, given the fact that there was no strong opposition then, until the coalition was formed.
If the opposition are really serious they should begin to work towards coalition.”