The presidential candidate of the newly formed Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) will be unveiled before the end of July, 2010, said Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of Action Congress (AC) during the visit of the South West Zonal Team to Osogbo, Osun state capital
Mohammed said the new party when fully unveiled will serve the overall interest of all members and be in a good position to wrestle power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) come 2011.
He said “Our presidential candidate will be a young, intelligent, dynamic and detribalized Nigerian whose influence and acceptability will cut across the nooks and crannies of the country, age and creed.”
Speaking on the emerging new party, Mohammed noted that factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), the integrity group of All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and Congress of Progressive Council (CPC) have conceded to merge with the Action Congress (AC) to form a political party that will appeal to members of the public.
According to him,” the decision to come together would prompt the Action Congress (AC) to change its name to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), with a view to giving the other parties a true sense of belongings.
Mohammed added that all the symbol of the party, the broom remains while the colour of the flag would change from green, white and black to green, white and blue’.
He stressed that AC as a party has no faith in the ability of Professor Atahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level-playing ground for all the parties ahead of the 2011 elections, adding that the party would ensure that it scales all the hurdles of the commission to make the new arrangement come to reality.
The party’s image–maker opined that the party’s main aim at present is to strategize and win elections across the 36 states of the federations in 2011 while, also, exploring ways of improving on the 2007 polls result.
He mentioned that though the party is waxing stronger in Osun State , members should always accommodate new comers, saying most of them are coming to support the course of the party which is giving good governance and sense of belonging to the citizenry.
Shedding more light on the new INEC national commissioners, Mohammed stated that stakeholders in election matters in the country have been counseling the new team on the need for a new voters register.
He noted that , several parties in the country had been advising Jega on the need to restructure the commission, especially as some resident commissioners that helped rigged the 2007 election are still in the office.