12th October, 2010
The former ANPP Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Chief Harry Akande, has expressedÂ interest to join other aspirants vying for the presidential ticket of All NigeriaÂ Peopleâ€™s Party (ANPP), ahead of 2011 general elections.
Akandeâ€™s interest increased the number of presidential hopefuls in the party to three,Â following the formal declaration of two aspirants from Kano State,Â Governor IbrahimÂ Shekarau and Alhaji Bashiru Tofa.
Akande revealed his interest on Sunday in Abuja while speaking to News Agency of NigeriaÂ (NAN).
â€œPeople requested me to run for presidency, the overture is high and I donâ€™t think I willÂ keep off from heeding the will of the people,â€ Akande said.
However, he said his coming out again to invest on the project was based on hisÂ commitment to women and youth development in Nigeria, adding,Â â€œsuch can only be possibleÂ when the nation is adequately rebuilt and restructuredâ€.
According to him, several calls and messages have been received from the progressives inÂ the party compelling him to run for the sake of the future of Nigeria.
He added that he was currently consulting with associates and political followers toÂ devise a winning strategy for the race.
â€œI will be running for presidency to win election, and not to posture or put my name onÂ the list.
â€œGone are the days when people say that what is important is to participate at theÂ Olympics and not winning the medals. That is simply a case of wanton waste of resourcesÂ and energy, as well as taking failure as a norm,â€ he said.
Akande further said that women and youths were crucial to the future of Nigeria;Â therefore everything must be done to provide them good governance capable of securingÂ their future.
â€œWomen are the pillars while the youth are my hope for a better Nigeria. They are theÂ hope for tomorrow, the foundation and builder of Nigeriaâ€™s future greatness and exploits.
â€œMy investment on ANPP, as well as bidding for elective position in the country is notÂ for any personal gains but to salvage the nation from failing completely,â€ he said.
Akande added that such could only be possible if the nation did not fail in itsÂ commitment to build a virile and serene environment for human existence, especially forÂ the younger generation.
He expressed his hope that Nigeria could rank among the best in the world if it wasÂ provided with efficient management of its resources and the right kind of leadership atÂ the top.