Nigeria Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has tactically revealed how a national grassroots movement could galvanise the force that would wrest power from the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 if he decide to run.\r\n\r\nObasanjo who is the arrowhead behind the over three million member Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), on Monday said the way to accomplish it is understand those currently in power, and by not \u201cfrightening\u201d and \u201cintimidating\u201d them while working to also make them yield power \u201cwillingly.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe two time Nigerian President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), and who announced his quitting of partisan politics in the build up to 2015 general elections to become an elder Statesman, made this known while meeting two groups \u2013 Nigeria Young Professionals Forum(NYPF) and New Nigeria 2019 in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.\r\n\r\nThe two groups, led by Moses Siasia and China Anyaso, had visited him at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta in consultation on the state of the nation with assurance of their preparedness to respond to Obasanho\u2019s clarion call for a popular movement to rescue Nigeria.\r\n\r\nDescribing the APC and PDP as leprous hands, Obasanjo said the two major political parties can\u2019t take Nigeria and Nigerians to an enviable height.\r\n\r\nHe added that for the task of wresting power to succeed in 2019, \u201call hands must be on deck,\u201d warning that failure to take necessary action would also mean a people willingly falling victims of what they don\u2019t like.\r\n\r\nHe said when a country has an incompetent government in place, everybody is a victim, explaining that what obtains today in Nigeria with Buhari\u2019s administration is \u201cfailure.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to the ex \u2013 President, a strong popular grassroots movement is badly needed in Nigeria democracy to bring about the change, sustainability, stability and development.\r\n\r\nHe suggested that a coalition all the movements in the country and poaching of the uninfected members of the leprous APC and PDP to join the mass coalitions, would bring about the needed change in leadership in 2019.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThe point is this: the way to wrest power is to know that those that are there, you have to carry them along so that they will willingly (yield space).. so that they will not be frightened, they will not be intimidated.\r\n\r\n\u201cBut this time, for us to make it, we need all hands on deck. You see, I have publicly said and I mean it, that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been.\r\n\r\n\u201d Never mind about reforms and apology and all that. And yet we have to get there. I asked one of the foundation members of PDP, the PDP when we started, was it a grassroots party? He said it was an elitist party.\r\n\r\n\u201cReally, we have never had the so-called grassroots party. Even NEPU which we could say is the nearest, was not grassroot enough.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd I believe strongly that we must have a strong popular grassroots movement to bring about the change, sustainability and stability that we need in our democracy and development.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am happy to meet with you but don\u2019t take anything for granted. There will be a lot of work that we have to do.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat those I call power addicts would want to do is to divide you based on gender, age, tribe, religion and region. You have one commonality \u2013 interest of Nigeria.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd it doesn\u2019t matter where you come from. We had that interest. The truth is this: when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd don\u2019t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn\u2019t need you to come. You come in because you know there are challenges and then giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven\u2019t achieved results.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd then you still want to go. The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never reinforce failure. What we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure. Let failure be failure.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd if you do not see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don\u2019t like because it\u2019s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that you put away what you do not like. And if you don\u2019t see what you should see and you don\u2019t do what you should do, you will be a victim of what you don\u2019t like.\r\n\r\n\u201cBut let us bring together all these movements because we are pursuing the same thing. If we allow ourselves to be take piecemeal, it is finished. Now if we are together\u2026 Yes, I said you cannot take PDP as it is and APC as it is; but they are not all made of evil people.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are good people. I said PDP is leprous hand, APC is leprous hand, but there are some clean fingers in them. So, let\u2019s take those clean fingers in them and graft the clean fingers in our own.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat is the way to go and if we go that way, we will get there, we will move together, and we will will move fast and we will move far,\u201d Obasanjo said.