Category: Congress

Stop Recognizing A Usurper, AAC Tells Premium Times and IPAC, Says Sowore Is Party National Chairman

The National Secretariat of African Action Congress (AAC) is seized by the circulation of an event flyer that addressed a certain Leonard Nzenwa as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and listed same as a panelist in a forthcoming live webinar with the topic – ‘’Intra-Party Democracy in Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions.’’ (sic). We are shocked at such misinformation coming from one of the best in the corridors of investigative journalism in the country.

 

A cursory move on the official website of the party, aacparty.org would have saved the Premium Times this egregious error of offering its platform to a usurper who was expelled over very weighty allegations of FRAUD, STEALING, FORGERY, SABOTAGE, and ANTI-PARTY ACTIVITIES after being offered fair-hearing.

As a political party that engages with the principles of democracy as its guide, Leonard Nzenwa was issued a query letter on the 17th, January 2019, and was suspended pending investigation and his defense (https://aacparty.org/case-against-dr-leonard-ezenwa/).

Upon recommendations of a disciplinary committee set up by the National Working Committee of the party, he was expelled from the party. The AAC RETERIATES THAT THE SAID INDIVIDUAL, LEONARD NZENWA IS NO LONGER A MEMBER of the AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC), let alone an executive at the national level. COMRADE OMOYELE SOWORE REMAINS THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY, ratified alongside other officers at the first and only Convention which held in Lagos on 6th, October 2018 in line with the provisions of Section 57 of the party’s constitution.

Among the many letters of the AAC expected to be in the archive of the Independent National Electoral Commission, is the most recent which was signed by members of the AAC National Executive Committee (NEC), received by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Rose Omoa Oriaran-Anthony in Abuja on the 28th of April 2021, demanding that the Commission rids itself of the perceived complicity in the protraction of this illegality and injustice done against our party’s internal democracy- a topic the PTCIJ aims to address in its programme.

“We demand forthwith that the said individual addressed in the said capacity be delisted as a Speaker at the event and that the flyer be taken out of circulation and/or a statement addressing the misinformation be issued by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

“We also use this medium to put the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on notice that it cannot continue to recognize a usurper if it aims to be regarded by the public as anything close to a democratic organization”. The African Action Congress said in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. ‘Femi Adeyeye.

 

 

History Will Be Cruel To Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Gbajabiamila, Others Over Their Position On Yoruba Nation

The umbrella body for Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has criticised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and other APC leaders in the South-West leaders for opposing “separatist agitations”.

SaharaReporters had reported that Tinubu and some other APC leaders in the South-West, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had opposed agitations for Yoruba Nation at a meeting on Sunday.

They however supported some of the resolutions made by the Southern Governors recently regarding open grazing and restructuring.

But Ilana Oodua through its spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, told The PUNCH Newspaper that the decision made by the APC leaders was unfortunate.

The group headed by Prof Banji Akintoye also told the APC leaders that “history will not be kind to them” for “opposing the wish of the people”.

“People need to correct this. It is not secession. What we are fighting for is the self-determination right of our people as guaranteed by the United Nations Charter on Human rights and even the 1999 constitution.

“It is our right to fight for self-determination. Tinubu and others are entitled to their opinions. Conduct a poll and you will see that a majority of Yoruba people want their own nation.

“It is unfortunate that Chief Bisi Akande is present where the yearning and aspirations of Yoruba people will be denied. If his mentor, the late Chief Bola Ige – is alive, will Bisi Akande say the things he read out yesterday?

“If the likes of Tinubu, Baba Akande because of their ambition, Baba Akande are not careful, history will not be kind to them for standing against the yearnings and aspirations of the people. Without the people, they cannot be leaders,” he said.

Omoyele Sowore Emerges Victorious as the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress

If ever there was a party created for defying the odds, it would be the African Action Congress. Borne from a Movement that continually defies the odds, the AAC party has grown from a dream to becoming a powerful force; an unstoppable force which today saw the emergence of Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate.

At a time when the old, corrupt parties have turned the political scene into a farce – slinging mud and accusations, distributing funds, and even resorting to violence, the AAC brought about a new dawn in Nigerian politics.

Other than a very modest budget for the transportation of members from the farther reaches of the country to the convention venue at Shangisha, Lagos, the proceedings remained untainted by the dirty money politics we have come to expect from Nigeria – a practice that continues to bring us nothing but deprivation and depletion as politicians work to recoup their ‘investment’ at the expense of Nigerians already stretched to the limit.

Instead, the AAC showed what a party primary should look like – an affirmation of the work done thus far; a celebration of the selfless men and women who have given their blood, sweat and tears to raise a political party manned by some of the most passionate Nigerians in the land; and a platform upon which to elect the presidential candidate for the party.

The highlights are too numerous to mention – the capacity crowd being held in a hall which the Convention Planning Committee had initially thought too large; impassioned speeches by political candidates for positions at every level of governance from across the country; and fervent comments by members of the disabled community who have found a welcoming home with the AAC party.

But perhaps the jewel on this formidable crown was the appearance and rousing speech given by Femi Falana (SAN). Urging Nigerians to rise to the challenge and take their country back, the distinguished advocate promised to represent any AAC candidate who might need legal representation PRO BONO.

The crowd thundered with applause and renewed vigour at the possibility of a Nigeria that could actually work for them.

The AAC continues to do what it set out to do: create a model for African politics and push the continent to greater independence and self-determination.

And with the fearless, tireless, and incorruptible Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate, the party is another step closer towards achieving its aim.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR and Media
African Action Congress

Key Facts on Composition of Delegates & Election of Party Officers in AAC Party

STATE CONGRESS DELEGATES – Section 38

1. State Chairman and Other State Officers
2. Five (5) Delegates from each ward of the LGA
3. Chairmen of LGA Executives of Party
4. National Officers of Party from the State

The quorum of the State Congress shall be one-third of all delegates, provided that not more than two-thirds of all the Local Government Areas are represented

NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES – Section 54

1. About 1,782 persons are eligible to be delegates at the National Convention, comprising:
2. All members of NEC (120 persons) – Section 50
3. State Party Chairmen & Secretaries (74 persons)
4. Two (2) Delegates from each LGA (one Chairman and one delegate elected at LGA congresses) – 1,548 persons

The quorum of the National Convention shall be one-third of all delegates provided that not less than two-thirds of all the States of the Federation and Abuja are represented

ELECTION OF PARTY OFFICERS – Section 87

1. The mode of elections of Party officers and other candidates for party or public positions must be conducted democratically with delegates voting for candidate of their choice and voting shall be by open secret ballot
2. Every registered and financially up-to-date member who has satisfied the requirements for nominations and elections under this Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is eligible to contest for any party office; provided that said officials of the party are also eligible to contest as long as they relinquish their posts before they contest such elections

Please consult the party constitution at: https://aacparty.org/african-action-congress-constitution/

Director of Elections & Monitoring
AAC Party

AAC Party: Deadline To Submit Aspirants Expressions of Interests And Nominations Forms

Dear Intending Aspirants,

As you know our party is approaching crucial times in the election process, the deadline for payment and forms submission is Wednesday 19th September 2018 as at this date the forms will no longer be available for filling or editing.

Sadly we couldn’t give further discounts as we hope for, the party is less than 2months old and needs every resource it can get. However we maintain the current discount for females and other exemption classes please learn more here. Further information will be communicated, the party thanks you for your understanding.

We will dedicate tomorrow Monday and Tuesday between 9am -5pm daily to help you complete the process. Please have your phones, filled documents and proof of payment close by.

Mean-while if you have successfully submitted, you can start preparing for the primaries, don’t forget to get your supporters  to register as members here https://aacparty.com/members/

Abiodun Thorpe
*Director, Digital & Data Analytics*
AAC Party
#Sowore2019

Chairman’s Update on Selection of Pro Tem Officers of the Party

Yesterday, the list of pro tem officers of the party was released. We congratulate all of the men and women who were named as the inaugural leaders of our party.

These men and women will have the singular task of driving the planning and implementation of the State Congresses and National Convention over the next few weeks. Given the scarcity of time and resources, they will require every support and cooperation that they can get. I implore all members of the #TakeItBack Movement and our party to provide them with all necessary support.

These are by definition, temporary positions. After the presidential primaries are completed at the national convention on October 6th, 2018 all accredited party members will have an opportunity to contest for any positions they have an interest in contesting for in the party National Executive Committee (NEC).

TakeItBack- Action!
AAC – Action!!

Yours in Service,

Omoyele Sowore
National Chairman AAC

AAC Party: Update on States’ Congress(es) and National Convention

Owing to rapidity of events and activities which has produced unintended outcomes in the last few days, it has become necessary that we make the following clarification, and urge members and aspirants to be guided going forward:

1. Advertised date for obtaining, and submission of Nomination Form thereafter are no longer tenable. Members and Aspirants please should take note that it is being extended till Sunday, September 16, 2018.

2. Date fixed for our party primaries, that is, States’ Congresses – Sept 22, 2018 and National Convention – Sept 26, 2018 respectively will still hold as planned, however, they will run through the Sept 22 to Sept 26, 2018.

This effectively means that the window dates between Sept 22 to Sept 26, 2018 will accommodate our States Congresses as well, if it is not completed in some states.

3. National Convention still holds on October 6th, as planned, venue to be disclosed

4. Details of the primaries will be announced before the end of this week, including the venues of the various Congresses across the country, the Congresses/Convention Committee(s) to undertake these assignment, and other information relating thereof.

5. Coordinators, without delay should reach across to aspirants contesting for various positions in their respective States, just as aspirants should do likewise (Abiodun Thorpe) should be reached immediately for this purpose.

6. Our Nomination Fees remain reasonable when compared to that of many political parties, however, owing to appeals and request to review our fees, aspirants with requisite qualification(s) are advised to get in touch with the undersigned without delay.

7. Finally, note that we are a new political party and these teething challenges are not uncommon. We are working to overcome them.

Yours-in-Service,
Leonard Nzenwa
National Secretary
African Action Congress

AAC Party: Approval For Nomination Fees/Exemption For Aspirants Contesting Under Our Party’s Banner

Our great party has finally given approval for all aspirants seeking to contest for various offices across the federation under the party’s banner to pay the following Nomination Fees:

(a) Ward Councillorship Aspirants – N20,000
(b) LGA chairman – N50,000
(c) House of Assembly Aspirants -N200,000
(d) House of Representative Aspirants -N300,000
(e) Senatorial Aspirants – N500,000
(f) Governorship Aspirants – N750,000; and
(g) Presidential Aspirants – N2,000,000.

Besides reducing fees for our women by twenty- five per cent (Women – 25% discount), the party, also in an effort to encourage other politically underprivileged groups in the society to partake fully in its activities, has also granted a waiver to the following categories:

1. Handicapped / disabled – no fees
2. Tertiary institution student – no fees
3. Less than 25 years – no fees
4. Artisans / apprentices under 25 – no fees,
5. Honourably discharged security personnel from police, military, civil defence, road safety – no fees
6. Serving or retired teachers, nurses and emergency service workers – no fees.

Aspirants across the country are advised to take advantage of the party’s gesture to collect the forms.

More information on this can be obtained from the party’s website:
Stage 1: https://aacparty.com/aac-aspirants/
Stage 2: https://aacparty.com/stage-2-aspirants-nomination-form/

Abiodun Thorpe
Director Data Analytics & Election Monitoring.
African Action Congress, AAC