Category: Press Releases

24th JUNE 2019: UPDATE ON LEGAL DEFENSE OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS FROM UNSCRUPULOUS THIEVES

On the 24th of June 2019, the National Legal Adviser and other representatives of the AAC were in court to continue the spirited legal defence of the party from the scurrilous attempt to usurp its leadership by Leonard Nzenwa and his puppet-masters.

After adoption of processes by the lawyers for both sides, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, sitting in Court 6 of the Federal High Court, Central Area, Abuja opened the floor for adumbration by both lawyers.

In contrast to the lawyer representing Leonard and co, Inibehe Effiong Esq., the National Legal Adviser and counsel to the Party Chairman and Deputy, Omoyele Sowore and Malcolm Fabiyi, delivered a rousing, impassioned summary of the arguments against Mr. Nzenwa’s ill-conceived and bad-faith arguments. He ended by praying the court to not just dismiss their claims and prayers, but to do so with rebuke, and with substantial cost to Sowore and Dr. Fabiyi.

Despite the commencement of the 2019 judicial vacation on the 5th of July, 2019, the judge, in cognisance of the importance of the matter, offered to break his vacation on the 12th of July, 2019, to deliver judgement. Consequently, the case was adjourned to 12th of July, 2019, for judgement.

Other representatives in court were Barr. Sepre Oyeghe, who accompanied the lead counsel Mr. Effiong; Dr. Joshua Adeoye, the Ag. National Secretary, AAC; Mr. Philip Oshiokhue, the National Organising Secretary, AAC; Mr. Jude Eyah, the Administrative Secretary, AAC Headquarters; Miss. Oluwatosin Adeniji, a member of the Office of the Candidate, Take-It-Back; and Mr. Bob Benedict, a State executive of AAC, Federal Capital Territory.

BUHARI’S INAUGURATION LEAVES NIGERIANS WITH LITTLE TO HOPE FOR

Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies – President Muhammadu Buhari started his second term
as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he meant to continue: with no message of
hope and nothing to offer the good people of this country.

Yesterday, the elderly leader set a new record by being the first democratically elected leader in the
history of Nigeria not to deliver an inaugural speech. The Take it Back Movement, led by Omoyele
Sowore, believes this shocking silence to be disrespectful to Nigerians and further reflective of the
non-existent plans that the APC-led government has for the country.

Anyone holding out for change, next level or any level other than the one the country has found
itself would have been met with silence yesterday. Silence at a time when the economy has plunged
to unimaginable depths. No advice as lawlessness and terrorism reign supreme, and the criminals –
those with guns and those in positions of power – escape unpunished. No words of comfort or
encouragement as Nigerians are denied entry or rights abroad and denied respect at home. No stern
words or promises of sanction or punishment for those who bleed the country dry and waste human
lives at scale as people are denied security, access to healthcare, education or reliable infrastructure.

We do, however, thank him for his honesty. The man who assured the nation four years ago that he
“belonged to everybody and nobody” made it clear in his first term that he did indeed belong to a
select few who did not serve the interest of the Nigerian masses.

The flagrant disregard of a leader who has secured his second term and no longer has a need to keep
up the pretence is not surprising to us at the Take it Back Movement, and we remain resolute in our
stance: Nigeria must be liberated. We will continue to speak truth to power, educate the masses,
and show our people the freedom in daring to hope. Where they meet Nigerians with silence, we
will give our people revolution, a dream to aspire to. We will fight every step of the way to create a
Nigeria we will be proud to call home.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Take it Back Movement/African Action Congress

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

SOWORE’S AAC URGES NIGERIANS TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY AS 6 UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED FOR PASTING POSTERS REAPPEAR IN COURT

On Sunday, 9th December, 2018, six members of the African Action Congress party were unlawfully arrested during the early hours for pasting posters in Lagos State. The arresting officers went through several charges before settling on the charge of defacing public property, accusing them of vandalising posters belonging to Jimi Agbaje, the PDP Lagos state gubernatorial candidate.

Our supporters have been steadfast in their defence that they did no such thing; maintaining that they were arrested only with Sowore’s posters, brushes and adhesive paste.

At the time, the arrest, which led to a three-day detention including two days in Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison for pasting posters, was the latest in a long line of persistent attacks on the AAC. The party would later deal with exclusion from the national debate and a poorly orchestrated smear campaign.

We have fought every semblance of injustice and oppression that has come our way since the beginning of this campaign, and will continue to do so, this court case included.

It is unconscionable that the APC and PDP would rather sink to these depths than spend their time proving to Nigerians that they are worthy candidates to govern the land. That they would rather squander the freedom of six innocent young men than do the right thing – make plans for this nation and then keep their promises.

We urge Nigerians not to fall for these cheap tactics and to instead focus on the prize: a Nigeria that works for us all, regardless of tribe, religion, income level or political alliance.

On Monday, 4th February, 2019, the AAC will go to court and once again stare injustice in the face in the case of six young men arrested for pasting posters in Lagos state. Regardless of their political affiliations, it is our hope that every Nigerian will be rightfully outraged by this case.

We specifically ask that ALL of our supporters use the picture of the AAC 6 as their profile picture in a united, worldwide show of solidarity. We must support our own and let the old cabals know that we are not for bowing or breaking. This is the only way that Nigeria can progress – calling out injustice wherever one finds it – and Nigeria MUST progress.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Sowore 2019 Campaign/African Action Congress

Our AAC Party Mobile App is Out!

The app is designed for all Nigerians at home and abroad how who are interested and want to be part of our visionary party, the African Action Congress party and the Take It Back movement led by Mr Omoyele Sowore.

The app is packaged to bring all the necessary and vital information of the AAC party and the Take It Back movement in preparation for the upcoming 2019 elections to the finger tips of all, at anywhere, at anytime.

With this app, you can:
1. Access and read the party’s constitution and manifesto
2. Register as a member of AAC party
3. Send your message to the party
4. Access the biographies and manifestos on all the aspirants for the different electoral positions under the party
5. Volunteer in any capacity to further project the awareness of the party
6. Donate or pay membership dues to the party
7. Receive alert for party news, upcoming events and also messages from aspirants
8. Get the contact details of each state AAC party chapter
9. Easily access other useful links pertaining to the party

Please download it and spread the news.

AAC! Action!!!
Take It Back!

Buhari’s APC Government Arrests Sowore Supporters for Pasting Posters

FIVE members of the African Action Congress party were arrested during the early hours today, Sunday, 9th December for pasting posters in Lagos State and are still being held in custody.

After discussing with police responsible for this arrest for the last 9 hours, concerned members anxious for their release have been advised that the orders are directly from the Police Commissioner.

The five supporters arrested were not violating any laws. Pasting of posters and creating awareness for the only alternative to the rot that has decimated our nation is not and has never been a crime in Nigeria, and this recent act of injustice suffered by the Take It Back Movement, the AAC and the presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, is further proof that the APC party is not interested in a free, fair election or in doing what is best for Nigerians.

Every step of the AAC party’s campaign has been dogged with impediments and outright blocks from the ruling party. From cancelled TV interviews to the withdrawal of rally permits in the northern part of Nigeria, the Buhari-led government has launched a vendetta campaign against the one party resolved in bettering the lives of Nigerians.

There are no guesses as to why the APC has taken offence against the AAC. While unwilling to pay hardworking Nigerians N30,000 a month for work done as minimum wage, the African Action Congress promises a living wage of N100,000 per month. While the incumbent government looks the other way while Nigerians are killed in their droves by terrorists, the AAC promises prosecution and tougher security measures to guarantee the safety and protection of Nigerians.

While the APC wakes from its slumber and cluelessness after 3 years of governance to offer Nigerians bread and N10,000 in exchange for their souls, the AAC not only promises to work from day one, but also shows exactly how it plans to execute these tasks and where the funding will come from.

Certainly, it is clear that the APC have no intention of leading Nigeria with incorruption, integrity or probity but we will continue to fight because Nigerians deserve better than the dire hand they’ve been dealt.

Nigeria MUST progress, and we will uphold the struggle until she does.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Take it Back Movement/African Action Congress Party

Sowore’s AAC Welcomes VP and Presidential Debates, Insists Nigerians Must Know Who They’re Voting For

Nigerian Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria on Thursday, 22nd November, have announced schedules for the 2019 presidential election debates. It is encouraging that these two bodies have lent their support to a move that should be made mandatory if Nigerians are to fully understand who and what they’re voting for.

The Take it Back Movement, headed by Omoyele Sowore, has been clear in its assertion that the only way Nigeria can progress is for presidential candidates to not only outline their vision for Nigeria, but also share their process on how these visions will become reality. We have continued to demand these debates as we believe that Nigerians are intelligent and intuitive enough to discern between realistic blueprints for progress and half-baked ideas that will only dig the nation deeper in debt and deprivation.

Incumbent president Buhari did not attend the debates at the last elections, a move that should have been a signal that the then candidate had no strategy or plan with which to salvage Nigeria from the ever-deepening mess in which she finds herself.

Today, as leaders of the most populous black nation for the last three years, the APC is yet to establish or execute a plan for the future of Nigeria, preferring instead to denigrate her hardworking citizens in the presence of international world leaders and blame failures on past governments or factors outside of their control.

The vice-presidential debate has been slated for December 14, 2018, while presidential debate is expected to hold on January 19, 2019 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The organisers say the debates will focus on economy, electricity supply, job creation, health, security, amongst others – a clear sign that the African Action Congress Party is in touch with the needs of the masses as this covers five of the 10 points in our Agenda for Transformation, SPICER HEAT (Security, Power, infrastructure, Corruption, Economy and Job Creation, Restructuring, Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism and Culture).

We are now in a digital age and Nigerian politicians must hand over ideas and not bags of rice. Leaders must be accountable to those who elect them and must be prepared to have their ideas critiqued and held up for better understanding and improvement. Nigeria MUST progress and our leaders must be the right candidates to make that happen.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Take it Back Movement/African Action Congress Party

SOWORE’S AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS DECLARES ITS MANIFESTO AS BEST FOR NIGERIAN CREATIVE SECTOR

We have noted COSON’s rejection of the APC and PDP manifestos, due to their disregard for the Nigerian creative sector and their rights. African Action Congress Party notes with great pleasure that Nigerians are starting to question and reject the plagiarized, empty promises being bandied about by President Buhari and Abubakar Atiku in the lead-up to the forthcoming elections.

The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) have expressed their utter disappointment that both parties have released manifestos that lack plans to grow or develop the immense talent that exists in the Nigerian creative industry, or indeed any plans to empower the Nigerian youth to measure up to his counterparts in developed nations.

The AAC is not surprised at the disconnect between these parties and the people they hope to lead; we are well aware that neither have solid plans for addressing Nigeria’s issues.

The APC has catalogued three years of failing Nigeria’s young population, doing little to foster growth in any of the areas that are deemed crucial for being a world power. Digital economy has been left to the young, driven men and women to fund while our analogue leaders continue to focus on oil prices and self-enabling medical tourism. Music, film and fashion have continued to thrive within and outside of Nigeria despite the punitive hardships the APC, and the PDP before them, imposed on those sectors.

Similarly, Atiku has never expressed any interest or investment in ideas that can push Nigeria’s blossoming youth industries forward. None of his rhetoric has pointed towards cultural growth or empowerment for the youth and he has evidenced this in his manifesto.

There is a reason why the African Action Congress has risen to such prominence in the few short months since registration. Our manifesto is people oriented and we have the youth, culture, tourism and arts as critical aspects of our economic policy platform. We recognize the important role that culture, music, film and arts play in Nigerian life and grants and investment support is guaranteed for this sector in our platform.

Modern day industries such as technology, digital enterprise and big data are the future and the government must play an intrinsic role in supporting them if Nigeria is to have any place among the leading nations in the world. As indicated in our manifesto, our government will support the growth of these industries.

There is only one manifesto being presented to the Nigerian people with their interests at heart. In order for Nigeria to progress, we must harness the most valuable resource we have – the talent, creativity and hard work-ethic of Nigerians – and put it to use for the betterment of the nation.

We invite Nigerians to read our plans and programs for our people – the future is literally in our hands.

https://aacparty.com/african-action-congress-manifesto/

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Take it Back Movement/African Action Congress Party

Sowore Picks Accomplished Public Health Expert, Dr. Rabiu Ahmed Rufai, as Running Mate

Dr. Rabiu Ahmed Rufai has been selected as the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress. Born on July 17th, 1976, Dr. Rufai is a world-class expert in public health intervention. He is from Jigawa State. His areas of expertise include Maternal and Child Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention & Control, Health Systems Development for Primary Health Care, Health Management, Policy and Planning, Health Economics and Policy Research, Health System Development and Strengthening, Demography, Monitoring & Evaluation of Health Programs, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology.

Dr Rabiu’s impressive qualifications include a medical degree (MBBS) from Bayero University, Kano and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Leeds University UK. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) and also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). He is a member and Associate Fellow of the West African Postgraduate Medical College, a Member and Associate Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and a Member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

An accomplished academic and medical practitioner, Dr Rufai was the pioneer Dean of the School of Public Health at Federal University Dutse from 2014 to 2015, while also serving as an Honorary Consultant Public Health Physician at the Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kudu. From 2011 to 2013, he was a lecturer and Head of Health Policy and Health System Strengthening Unit as well as the Health management, Policy and Planning Unit at Bayero University / Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, while also serving as Honorary Consultant Public Health Physician.  Dr Rufai served as Registrar and Senior Registrar (I, II) at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital from 2007 to 2011.

During his National Youth Service at the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, Ondo State from 2006 to 2007, Dr Rufai served as an attending Physician at General Out-patient, Paediatrics & Casualty Units. From June 2005 to December 2005 he served as a House Officer at both the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, and the Specialist Hospital Bauchi, Bauchi State.

Dr Rufai has received multiple awards internationally for his outstanding work in the field of public health. For over a decade, he has worked tirelessly on primary health care in Nigeria, bringing contemporary practices to the field of maternal and child health, tuberculosis, HIV, environmental health and many of the tropical diseases ailing our people.

Well-travelled and well read, Dr. Rufai embodies that rare combination of first world knowledge and indigenous passion. He has given his entire life and career to serving Nigeria’s least privileged at the grass roots level and demonstrated a readiness to lay his life on the line to ensure that national well-being, backed by good governance is established in Nigeria.

Speaking on the choice of Dr Rufai, AAC Presidential Candidate, Omoyele Sowore said, “in our bid to work on Nigeria’s multifaceted challenges and proffer solutions that will create a true giant out of our nation, we have always believed that health care, population health and health economics, ranks alongside national security and power, as critical areas that a serious government must address. I can think of no one more qualified than Dr Rufai to spear head that aspect of our agenda. Health is Wealth – and in our government, Dr Rufai will be responsible for ensuring that Nigerians have access to affordable and world class healthcare and translating that to economic growth.”

All supporters of the Take it Back movement and our great party, the African Action Congress will be excited by Dr Rufai’s choice. In Surveys, our members and supporters called for a Northern Vice-Presidential candidate, with integrity and an unbridled passion for national unity. Dr Rufai embodies all those qualities. We worked hard to find within one individual the many traits you told us were important and we are confident that Nigerians will find in Dr Rufai a man of integrity, intelligence and devotion to a nation that urgently needs our help.

We present to you our running mate and Nigeria’s next vice president, Dr. Rabiu Ahmed Rufai: exactly what the doctor ordered.

Dr Malcolm Fabiyi
DG TakeitBack Movement / Sowore 2019 Campaign.
Deputy National Chairman (Admin) AAC

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