Category: Debate

OMOYELE SOWORE IS THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS – CONFIRMED BY INEC

14th May, 2019, INEC confirmed what party faithfuls have always known – the chairman of the African Action Congress is – and has always been – Omoyele Sowore.

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

AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE SACK AND ARREST OF CBN GOVERNOR GODWIN EMEFIELE OVER N500bn THEFT

Omoyele Sowore, chairman of the African Action Congress party, has called for the immediate sacking and arrest of the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, following the recent release of an audio recording that puts him squarely at the centre of an audacious 500 billion naira theft that crippled the economy and risked foreign investment. Emefiele, his deputy Edward Lametek Adamu and others have been caught on tape discussing how to cover up the loss of the funds stolen from the Central Bank of Nigeria towards the end of 2018 in a private investment in Dubai that went bust.

The CBN governor, appointed by Goodluck Jonathan, retained by Buhari’s regime and now approved for a further five years can distinctly be heard discussing with his deputy for ideas on how to cover up the heinous crime against the people of Nigeria.

Emefiele is on record as saying that the damage could be extensive, leaving many wondering that “They (the CBN heads) could have depreciated, they didn’t depreciate and foreign investors will now begin to panic and take their money out because they would say it would depreciate.”

Sowore has been unwavering in his stance that the rot eating away at Nigeria’s fabric starts at the top, and continues to unearth evidence to prove this point. From security to power to income strategy, it is clear that this government and its leadership work towards impeding Nigeria’s growth at every turn.

The fact that this irrefutable evidence is not headline news and the governor maintains his position at the helm of the nation’s financial affairs – as have many thieves before him – is damning to our country indeed. APC and PDP, the two sides of the same country-crippling coin install their cronies into positions of power and the wholesale embezzlement is allowed to freely continue.

Independent sources at the CBN say Mr. Emefiele and his partners ultimately resolved this issue by diverting funds in possession of the CBN and also printing hard cold cash. The country cannot continue to be led by people who are unconcerned about the plight of the suffering masses and are only creative in covering their perfidious tracks.

This cannot be allowed to continue. The African Action Congress party demands that the governor steps down immediately and a full scale investigations be launched into his actions and financial manipulations during his tenure.

Nigeria must progress.

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

NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED, BUT NOT FOR MUCH LONGER

Dear ever-enduring Nigerians

I do not need to ask if you are fine for it won’t be surprising if you are not fine at this moment, especially after watching this most distasteful of engagement any leader could have with his/her citizens. We understand how you all felt after watching Buhari and Osinbajo speak at the just-concluded town hall meeting organized by NTA/DariaTV and sponsored by MacArthur Foundation.

We understand that many of us burnt fuel to watch the ‘talking down’ because of the unrivaled darkness they keep expending our collective resources on without any tangible results.  Many had to stream live on their gadgets with very costly data rates – such expensive rates can only be found in a country with no solid economic leadership. This is not adding the fact that you probably had to pray to God for the reception of a man-made network to work fine.

We are not oblivious to the fact that the President could not answer your questions correctly. He lied about a lot of issues, about questions bordering on corruption and security. And for those he did answer, the questions had to be repeated, an average of three times each. The anchor had to continually stretch forward while asking her questions and, at a point I consider to be her threshold, she had to ask if the President was okay to run for office again. This situation of extreme lethargy is completely unacceptable from anyone who wants to lead an energetic country, a country with 70% young people, whose energies have been refocused to less productive things by unproductive leaders with disastrous results.

Can we crave your indulgence to bear with NTA for the time wasted as you have always been known as the most enduring people in the world?

On the 23rd January, 2019, Omoyele Sowore and Dr Rabiu Rufai of the AAC will be having the most  honest and brilliant engagement with you all on how to take the country back and place it on a revolutionary path in order to take it to the highest level.

Stay tuned!

Adeyeye Olorunfemi

President, Association of Citizens Who Deserve Better. (ACWDB)

SOWORE FIGHTS ON – THE REAL DEBATE FOR NIGERIA’S FUTURE WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 16, 2019

Today, the NEDG/BON 2019 Presidential debate will take place. The APC (Buhari), PDP (Atiku), ANN (Durotoye), ACPN (Ezekwesili) and YPP (Moghalu) are all scheduled to be on stage. However, Sowore Omoyele, the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress, and Nigeria’s most authentic voice for positive change and national transformation will be conspicuously absent from that stage.

We are disappointed, but not deterred. We recognize that those who have raped and plundered Nigeria for much of the last 58 years will not yield power without a fight. While the debate would have offered us a platform to engage with the Nigerian people, we are encouraged by the fact that although our candidate will not be on the debate stage, his message of hope continues to be passed on to Nigerians on the streets, in market squares, in places of worship and on social media.

The conspiracy to keep the most authentic voice of positive change and transformation away from that debate stage was deep. It began with the fraudulent selection of participants by Channels TV, NEDG and BON, and ended with the refusal of the Chief Judge of the High Court of the FCT, Justice Ishaq Bello, to assign the case to a trial judge.

Along the way, the first trial judge, Justice D. Z. Senchi recused himself from the case, and the UPN, a member party of the APC led Coalition of Progressive Political Parties (CPPP), sought to introduce further delays by filing to join our case.

All these extreme actions were taken because they are afraid. Again we ask question what we have asked before: why is there such an obvious fear of allowing the participation of Omoyele Sowore in the presidential debate? What does the ruling establishment have to hide? We know they do not want us to reveal to Nigerians that the “Next Level” that they are seeking, is a worse level of depravity, ineptitude, nepotism and corruption. They are afraid that what they tell themselves behind closed doors, as Nigerians learned from the revealing confessions that Amaechi made about Buhari and the APC’s views about Nigeria, will be openly exposed to the Nigerian people, on prime time TV.

They are correct to be afraid. Sowore would have spoken truth to power tonight. He would have called out Buhari for his callous indifference and challenged Atiku on his crass corruption. He would have revealed Buhari’s ineptitude in the areas of corruption, security and the economy; and exposed Atiku’s complicity in the systemic degradation of Nigeria and its institutions. But most importantly, he would have shared his clear vision for placing Nigeria on the path to prosperity and growth.

If those who conspired to keep Sowore from that debate tonight believe that by doing so, they would have silenced him – they are making a grave error. Truth can never be crushed. A hurricane cannot be tamed. The Nigerian people have seen a glimpse of a brighter future that Sowore and the AAC will provide to them.

On January 23rd, Nigerians will hear from Sowore at The Candidates, a Town Hall series organized by the MacArthur Foundation. President Buhari and VP Osinbajo were at the forum on the 16th, and Nigerians got to watch a two hour horror movie of the inept set of leaders at the helm of our nation. We will present our case to the Nigerian people at this Town Hall. We ask our supporters and those who seek genuine progress for Nigeria, to tune in to that event.

We knew it wouldn’t be easy. We knew the roads would be rough. We knew the establishment would fight back. We are still here. We are still strong. We will not retreat. We will not surrender. Nigeria’s future is too important. We will continue the fight, and we are confident that on February 16, 2019 the Nigerian people will give their verdict on the debate for Nigeria’s future by voting Omoyele Sowore as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Nigeria MUST progress!!!

Dr Malcolm Fabiyi
Director General Sowore 2019 Campaign
Deputy National Chairman (Admin), AAC

THE BIG DEBATE, OMOYELE SOWORE SHREDS CORRUPTION WITH MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SOLUTIONS


The reason  why corruption is endemic in Nigeria is because of the way our political parties are formed and funded. It is because of the way they recruit their candidates and the way they get into office.- Omoyele Sowore at the big debate.  

“There is no reason why an average nigerian cannot tell how much we are making in the so called TSA, how much is there on a daily basis. We are entitled to it: how much are we spending; how is money moving? – Omoyele Sowore at the big debate.

One characteristic importance of the 2019 elections is the increased participation of the Nigerian people in the matters of politics. There is also increased national discourse and engagement with more intense scope. The town hall meetings springing across the nation, the number of people that have obtained their PVC, followed political events on social media, and attended political events is telling as regard this submission.

This is arguably linked to the audacious political strides of Omoyele Sowore and the African Action Congress amplifying the truth of the people’s rule in a democracy. This people’s rule is the way Omoyele Sowore’s political ambition has been positioned to engage the Nigerian people. He continue with the political engagement today at the presidential debate organized by Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) ably supported by MacArthur foundation and was graced by five political parties.

Absenteeism of Most Presidential Candidates.

Interestingly, the only party that does not come for this debate is suppose to be the party that fight corruption but they are not here because they want to perpetuate the biggest form of corruption of this era in the next few weeks which is vote buying – Omoyele Sowore at the big debate

APC should come and explain to us how they will fight corruption while their party is padded with the most corrupt people in Nigeria – Omoyele Sowore at the big debate.

Although only two of the six presidential candidates expected showed up for this important debate, five political parties participated in the debate. It is important to note that only President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, was absent and did not send a representative. This is quite surprising as the central topic of the debate was corruption.

One would expect an eagerness from a person who won the presidential election in 2015 on the promise to fight corruption and currently lead a government with a loud castrated mantra of fighting corruption to cease the stage in order to expound on what the fight has been about and what it intend to achieve in the future.

To adequately think about this, one may consider the fact that on the 12th of January, 2019, neither President Muhammadu Buhari nor Atiku Abubakar was present for the presidential town hall meeting organized to discuss the state of Housing Market in Nigeria.

This was a prestigious event hosted by University of Lagos, an opportunity to showcase the importance of one’s candidacy. But like the case of the Big Debate, both Atiku and Buhari were absent. One, in the least, is therefore tempted to simply say these two individuals have nothing to say about housing and corruption?

The trends of absenteeism from public engagement by these two presidential candidates demand public scrutiny. It suggests they have nothing to tell Nigerians; no ideas to share on the germane issues bedeviling the Nigerian people.

Among the five political parties that participated in the Big Debate are People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alliance Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Youth Progressive Party (YPP). These parties send representatives to speak on their plans to fight corruption.

The Big Debate: Highlights and The Corruption Discourse.

Glowing moments shone through the discourse the debate engenders. The presidential candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP, Tope Fasua, spoke boldly on how technology can be deployed to fix corruption problems. He humorously said broom and umbrella cannot solve corruption problem and alluded to the African Action Congress’s two hands logo as an emblem to be taken seriously.

The debate afforded the debaters opportunity to debunk the claim of the spokesperson of  Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization that says it will take time to employ technology in the fight against corruption.

Delving further into the discourse, Sowore declared, “I have worked in the capacity that has fought corruption, as an individual, in the last twelve years”.

He said, “We do not have anything preventive to ensure that corrupt people don’t lay hands on our resources. Most times we go after them after they have taken whatever is available for everybody for themselves.

“Where we try at all, is that of law enforcement. Law enforcement has become theatrical process in Nigeria. It has to be dramatize and at the end of the day the people who are really corrupt never get caught. Even when they are caught, it depends on which part of the aisle they belong.

(We need) …  to ensure that a lot of assets that belong to individuals of the country is also publicly available. The land registry of Abuja, you cannot find it, because the whole of Abuja is own by a few people.

The asset declaration of our public officer should be something you can download without having to go through the eye of a needle.

Omoyele Sowore speaking on corrupt leaders awarded National awards says, the last thing I will say is consequences. Our party and I will remove from everybody who has national award, who are shown in this movie by CDD  today; we will remove all their national awards, take it back from them.

The 1999 Nigerian Constitution Is A Fraudulent Document Created By The Military!

Those Who Deserve Housing Are The Nigerian People, Not cockroaches and Lizards! ~ Omoyele Sowore

On the State of Housing Market in Nigeria, at the University of Lagos.

We would increase the minimum wage of an average Nigerian worker to One Hundred Thousand Naira, so that an average Nigerian worker could afford a loan of Two Million Naira in order to own a house.The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore, has condemned the prevalent state of uninhabited houses overtaken by cockroaches and lizards while Nigeria suffers from a deficit of 17 million homes for it’s homeless population.

He made the rebuke while speaking at a Town hall meeting on Housing for Presidential candidates organized by the University of Lagos on Saturday, 12th of January, 2019.

Speaking at the event on the question as to if he will privatize government or public houses currently not in use, Sowore said:

“We will not give anymore of our public properties to private individuals. What we’re going to do is to take inventory of all the uninhabited public properties in Nigeria.

The ones that can be converted into hospitals will be converted into hospitals, the ones that can be converted into houses will be converted to houses and be given to workers, our federal workers.

“We would convert the federal government secretariat in Lagos  state to a public hospital. He added”

Blaming the housing crisis in Nigeria on failed leadership, he said:The federal government of Nigeria is a wasteful government. If we do not reclaim this properties for the Nigerian people, it will end up in the hands of our ministers, governors, senators and other political leaders and thieves. The Nigerian property should be used by the Nigerian people and this is what we would do when elected”.Drawing parallels with Asian countries who rose from being third world countries to competing with European countries and the US and have overcome the housing problem, Sowore said:

“China planned ahead and built houses to the extent that they now have ghost apartments, Japan did it and so did Singapore and others.”

“So, do not vote in leaders who took off the roof over your heads, because they have no intention to build you houses for shelter” ~ the AAC Presidential candidate admonished.

“The chapter 2 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution suffers a major defect, because that particular chapter is ‘not justiciable’ in the court of law .”

“You cannot go to court to sue the Nigerian government for not having a home, that was why i said the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a fraudulent document which was created by the military and imposed on us the Nigerian people.”~ Sowore quipped.

“The rich, the 1% of our population already have too much houses, so we are going to make sure that we take those houses with no one living in them from the owners.”
“Government must invest in shelter, and make sure that every Nigerian citizen must be entitled a place to lay his head at night, a home. We have to make this investment, and what we have proposed is that our government would invest $3.6 billion into housing, and i mean it, we would soon turn this country into a construction site.”
“What we need to do is to make housing a right for our people living in the country.”“Every Nigerian family must have a home, over 80 million Nigerians are homeless, we would make sure that every family has a home, a father, a mother and at least 3 children.”The town hall meeting which was organised by the University of Lagos, on the state of the Nigerian Housing Market had four other political parties and their Presidential candidates apart from Mr. Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, which includes Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili of ACPN, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of YPP, Mr. Fela Durotoye of ANN, and Mr. Isaac Ositelu of AP.The event was well attended by a wide spectrum of people, students, rights activists, lecturers, public servants and government functionaries, businessmen, researchers and distinguish press persons.LIVE: Omoyele Sowore at the University of Lagos Housing Town Hall Meeting for Presidential Candidate

Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Tough On Why Lagos Need A Change In Government

Gubernatorial Debate 2019; Lagos Deserves Better!!!

The gubernatorial debate which was held on Wednesday 9th, January 2019 at the Civic Hive on Montgomery Road, Yaba Lagos was graced with so much brilliance from all the candidates present.

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Only three of the 13 invited gubernatorial candidates were absent, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress {APC}, Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the People’s Democratic Party {PDP}, and Mrs. Omolewa Adesanya of the Providence People’s Congress {PPC}.

The debate which was tagged “GOOD GOVERNANCE: What’s Next?” had no less than 10 political parties ably represented by their gubernatorial candidates in attendance, all of whom brought to light various germane issues affecting Lagos as a state, ranging from environmental hazards {i.e flooding and waste management}, transportation and housing problems, and most importantly, the issue of insecurity and unemployment in the state and also proffer various policies to solving these critical issues.
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The 10 candidates who were present are Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi of the ADP, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri of the ANRP, Mr. Francis Adebayo of the ANN, Mr. Funso Awe of the NCP, Mrs Adebisi Ogunsanya of YPP, Dr. Tokunbo Pearse of SDP, Mr. Ladipo Johnson of ANP, Mr. Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the LP, Mr. Oluwasegun Musa of ANDP and the AAC Lagos gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Oluwaseun Ajireloja.
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The event was well attended by the good people of Lagos, most of whom yearn for a change in governance in the state in order to incur rapid development, considering the population of Lagos state and the influx of hundreds of thousands of people from other parts of the country and nearby countries who migrate into the state on daily basis with no aim of emigrating anytime soon.

Our candidate, Mr. Oluwaseun Ajireloja, hammered on the need to increase the minimum wage of the state from what it is as of today to One Hundred Thousand Naira living wage as it is obvious that the #18,000 currently paid to workers is a meagre amount which can never be enough to cater for any family no matter how few.
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He also talked about going digital on the issue of security as that would drastically eradicate insecurity in the state, and reduce death rates while also giving room for people to run their businesses without fear of being robbed or killed.

All the candidates present performed absolutely well in answering the questions, presenting their party manifestos and also, their individual proposed policies for the state if they become governor.