Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and 2023 presidential hopeful, Kingsley Moghalu was with the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Sunday Night.
Moghalu, who earlier lamented the spate of hardship in Nigeria under the All Progressive Congress, said he was with Jega last night to discuss a third force movement.
Naija News understands that the political economist is hoping to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023 through a new party.
Jega, and a foremost political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, among others had in October last year unveiled a non-partisan coalition under the aegis of the National Consultative Front.
The forum which seeks to make a new political party would challenge the country’s dominant parties, the APC and the PDP in the coming elections.
Meanwhile, Moghalu had earlier declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election under the African Democratic Congress platform.
However, from his update on the microblogging platform, Twitter on Sunday night, Moghalu revealed that he and Jega specifically had a frank discussion on the need for a virile third force movement.
He tweeted, “With my friend Prof Attahiru Jega earlier this evening at his home in Abuja. We had a full and frank discussion about how a progressive political force can salvage our country and keep the barbarians at the gate (or evict them from the living room!).”
Naija News reports that their meeting is coming following Jega’s comment in the previous week.
The former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, had described the 2023 general elections as critical for Nigeria’s unity.
He said: “The sorry state of the socio-economic conditions under which the Nigerian working people, indeed the overwhelming majority of all citizens live and work, the reckless misrule and misgovernance by a tiny, rabid and reckless band of the elite, and how these myopic ‘elected’ so-called ‘leaders’ and their collaborators, have devastated the Nigerian economy, heightened insecurity, and virtually destroyed the basis for national cohesion and integration, Nigeria, as a potentially great nation, is crying for a rescue mission before it is too late.”
He stressed that such a rescue mission cannot be serious, positive and successful, without the active engagement and involvement of the Nigerian workers through their genuine representatives in working-class organizations and movements, in alliance with other progressive and patriotic Nigerians.
Jega explained further that Nigeria is in a state of collapse as reckless elite in control of the governance process is blindly running the country aground.
He said the 2023 general elections may be the ‘make or break’ epochal moment.
Jega added: “Given this, all hands of progressive forces must be on deck to prevent our country from imminent collapse and to turn it around on to a trajectory of good democratic governance for beneficial democratic, socio-economic development, and human security for Nigerian citizens.
“A broad alliance of progressive forces for national rescue and emancipation is absolutely required to get Nigeria out of the current unwholesome predicament in which it finds itself.
“The deliberations at this conference, guided by the lead paper presentation and panel discussion, should help us chart a course for a reinforced commitment to national emancipation and more active engagement participation of Nigerian workers in our current and future political processes,” Jega said in Abuja at the 2022 Workers’ Political Conference organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress.”