2023: Shehu Sani, Ezekwesili, Falana, others announce new political movement/

Former senator, Shehu Sani, Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana and 28 other prominent Nigerians have formed a new political movement ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The group, in a communique issued in Abuja on Wednesday, christened the political movement National Consultative Front.

Those in the group include Ghali Na’abba, a former speaker of the House of Representatives; Olisa Agbakoba, a prominent lawyer; Obadiah Mailafia, ex-duputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Oby Ezekwesili.

Others are Abubakar Umar, Jibo Ibrahim, Chidi Odinkalu, Remi Sonaiya, former presidential candidate; Tanko Yinusa, Shettima Yerima and Funke Awolowo.

The group said the formation of the movement became imperative to provide an alternative political class and leadership for the country considering the failures of previous leaders.

The statement read: “A new ideological mass Movement shall be initiated to embark on immediate mass mobilisation of the nooks and crannies of the country for popular mass action towards political constitution reforms that is citizens-driven and process-led in engendering a new Peoples’ Constitution for a new Nigeria that can work for all.

“The new movement shall also, without delay, mobilise for the economic wellbeing and prosperity of all Nigerians by demanding and ensuring that Chapter 2 of the present Constitution i.e.; “Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of State Policy becomes justiciable once and for all, while also mounting an articulate and vigorous campaign to deconstruct and reconstruct obnoxious election laws which have provided leeway for opportunists in the corridor of power to subvert the will of the electorate making voting irrelevant in determining who actually becomes elected in Nigeria.

“Our Political Coalition wishes to assert that the current factionalisation and imbroglio rocking dominant political parties in Nigeria as well as the heightening political tension in the country, especially within the Nigerian ruling class, have further given credence to our resolve and intervention to provide a credible alternative political class and leadership for Nigeria as most of those who pride themselves as Leaders of our country in the last twenty-one years of civil rule have proved to be huge failures and burden to the wellbeing of our people.

“We hereby call on those presently in charge of our Federal Government, military, and security apparatus to immediately wake up and do everything to stop the ongoing senseless pogrom against the masses of our people.”