By Daniel Tyokua The National Chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Perry Opara, has declared that no single political party would win the 2019 presidential election at the first ballot. He told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that only a coalition of political parties can bring about a winner in the poll, noting that with the realignment of forces by political parties, the days of the All Progressive Congress (APC) are numbered. Opera, who is also the secretary general of IPAC, said that the fusion of the Olusegun Obasanjo-led Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM) into the African Democratic Congress (ADC) was a welcome development. He assured Nigerians that the coalition was still intact despite the fusion. ”It is not a bad move, they have the right to join any party of their choice,” he said. Opera leads the coalition of political parties which include, the NUP, Rebuild Nigeria Party, Better Nigeria Peoples Party (BNPP), ADC, Pandem, CAP and others. He maintained that the consultative meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo would still continue, adding that the coalition would by the grace of God produce the next president of Nigeria. Opara said that the North remains the battle field for the 2019 presidential election, maintaining that President Muhamadu Buhari has a cult followership in the far North while Musa Rabiu Kwankwanso has the strongest political movement in today’s Nigeria. According to him, the Kwankwansiyya Movement is “a political bulldozer that could uproot shrubs and trees and even structures and win election.” On Atiku Abubakar, Opara said that he is loved by southerners “as a man who has capacity to unite the nation.” He stated that the 2019 presidential election would not be based on party but on the personality of the candidates, stressing that political parties would just be the vehicles while candidates would be the passengers. Opara said: ‘in 2019, Nigerians will be more interested in the passengers than the vehicle, that is why I am calling on Nigerians to vote people that can perform and with impeccable credentials and track records. Above all, age will be a factor in both managing political parties and running for elective officesn.”