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Why ACN picked Ribadu, by Akande


 Madu Onuorah (Abuja), Tunji Omofoye, Osogbo
THE National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande has expressed optimism that the wind of change blowing across the country would bring the needed leadership change at the centre in the April general elections.

He said the gains recorded by the party in many parts of the country was a reflection of the readiness of the citizens to replace the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a more focused ACN at the federal level in the next dispensation.
He spoke with reporters yesterday at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun State as part of activities to mark his 72nd birthday.

The ACN leader, who rated as low the performance of the PDP at all levels of governance, said the party settled for the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu as its presidential standardbearer in the April election to groom the youth to take leadership control.
He said since the military era in the country, youths in the country were relegated to the background, adding that the ACN plans to re-engineering governance at all levels using youths as agents of change.
Akande, who said the PDP was jittery and in disarray by the growing popularity of the ACN also advised the PDP to forget its ambition to take over Lagos State, saying that any attempt to use undemocratic means in the adventure might burn their fingers.
He said: “The ACN is poised for work and good governance in the interest of the people. PDP will burn its hands to the elbow in their attempt to take over Lagos”.
Akande reflected on the invasion of the South West by the PDP in 2003 through the undue overture by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo disclosing that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu survived the onslaught then due to his political sagacity and the position of Lagos State as a point of global focus.
He said the PDP had already expired, pointing out that ACN is ready to offer alternative leadership in alliance with other parties to dislodge the ruling party.
“We want to win election and we have been engaging in discussion with others parties. The ACN will chase PDP out of power in April either single-handedly or in collaboration with others”, Chief Akande said.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that greater national unity would give Nigeria a better chance of becoming one of the 20 most developed economies in the world in 2020.
At a special Inter-denominational Service for the 2011 Armed Forces Remembrance Week, Jonathan reiterated his recent call for greater national unity, saying that the country’s diversities could be converted to a source of strength.
“I plead with all of us to join hands and work together as a people with a common destiny. For us to develop as a nation, we must have greater national unity. Let us not continue to see ourselves as different peoples. Yes, we have diversities, but these diversities can become a major resource which we can exploit to our benefit, Jonathan said.
The President also urged the nation to show greater appreciation for the supreme sacrifice made by the country’s fallen heroes in the Armed Forces and to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of their souls as well as the well-being of the families they left behind.
“You will recall that immediately after independence in 1960, Nigeria sent her first contingent for peacekeeping in the Congo. From that time till today including the civil war, the crisis in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country, people have been paying dearly, people have paid the supreme price for the country to remain peaceful, for us to live and move freely. These people need to be remembered.
“Today, we remember those who have passed on and call on all Nigerians to pray for them, their widows, children and dependants. If we unite and work together as people with common destiny, then Nigeria will get to where it wants to go. But if we don’t unite and continue to see ourselves as pockets of individuals that exist on an island, that have no relationship with others, then our development will be doomed. I therefore plead with you to join hands as a people with common destiny and aspirations so that we can get to our promised land,” President said.

 

 

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