28th February, 2011
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has promised to rescue Nigeria from the manacles of misrule if voted into power in the forthcoming general election slated for April.
The party which touted itself as the most credible opposition party in the country described the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a total failure and a misfortune that has hit Nigeria for 12 years.
â€œWe will send packing, the government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy,â€ anÂ Action Congress spokesmanÂ boasted in Dutse, Jigawa state capital, this afternoon.The party also promised to constitute a leadership that will restore the countryâ€™s credibility as well as rescue the Nigerian people from the shackles of bad leadership imposed on them by PDP, just as they urged Nigerians to come out in en masse and vote ACN in the April polls.
National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande presented the partyâ€™s flags to its presidential candidate, Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu and the Jigawa state governorship candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, while the governorship candidates of Sokoto, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kaduna would receive their flags in their respective states, even though they are part of the Dutse zonal rally.
P.M.News witnessedÂ a mammoth crowd at the event held at the Sawaba Triangle, dedicated to the late leader of the Talakawa, Malam Aminu Kano.
Chief Akande noted that the â€œhideousâ€ leadership of the PDP for about 12 years has left the country in appalling situation with unemployment, poverty, and hardship consistently high, pointing out that it is the determination of ACNÂ to ensure that all these negative tendency impeding national development end with the exit of the PDP government in the next dispensation.
â€œI bring to you the victory of Nigeria through a new brand of leadership today in Jigwa, in Dutse, in response to the problems created in the country by the PDP over the years which has to do with corruption, insecurity, unemployment, and general pains to the Nigerian people.
â€œWe have been pondering as leaders over these problems and we are convinced we have the answer but waiting for the opportunity to be in control. We have the materials in Nuhu Ribadu, our presidential candidate who spent greater part of his career fighting corruption, we also have the resources in terms of knowledge to do battle with all these vices in the person of the Vice Presidential candidate, Fola Adeola who is a renowned economist,â€ Akande stated. Ribadu and his running mate, FolaÂ Adeola alsoÂ promisedÂ to do their best to lead this country out of the woods.
â€œwe will lead with the fear of God if we are given the chance,â€ Ribadu promised, while his running mate, Adeola promised that they will focus on those aspects of life that provide gainful employment to the Nigerian people.â€
The party leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu declared at the rally, â€œtoday is a great day for Nigeria and Jigawa state in particular. We bring to you a fresh hope, such that will change the live of the people positively and wipe their tears of sorrow. Today, we shall see Ribadu and Adeola as a new hope for better Nigeria as these two men will send packing, the government of greed and dictatorship as well as lack of focus.
â€œWe promise that we will change the government that believes only in rigging and we will not give them the chance to perpetuate rigging any longer; and when the ACN forms government, we will carry out reforms in all aspects of our national life, including the police, education sector as well as provide all other necessities of lives, including the agricultural sector.â€
Others who graced the occasion and made brief speeches included Lagos state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, former Benue state governor, Senator George Akume, former Jigawa state governor, Senator Saminu Ibrahim Turaki, Kano state Deputy Governor and ACN governorship candidate, Abdullahi Tijani Gwarzo among other party chieftains.
By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/dutse