- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been accused of playing politics with Nigeria's unity
- This was the submission made by a presidential aspirant and foremost businessman, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim
- Olawepo-Hashim is a presidential aspirant under the fast growing political party, Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
Front-line presidential aspirant of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has vowed that his party will restore Nigeria's national unity if elected into office in 2019.
Olawepo-Hashim, 53, an accomplished businessman, accused the ruling APC of playing politics with the country's unity.
He made the statement at the first national convention of the ANN held in Abuja on Saturday, August 11 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
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According to him, the ANN would be used to enthrone a new Nigeria where the malaise associated with professional politicians are not found, adding that “the party’s commitment to build a new Nigeria would not be in mere slogans.”
“APC government has played politics with national unity. ANN will restore that unity. We will give everyone a sense of belonging and we will produce a president that will be a president for all Nigerians and not for some Nigerians,” he added.
Meanwhile, the former spokesman of the party, Mr. Emmanuel Dania emerged chairman of the party that prides itself as the party of technocrats.
Delegates at the national convention were drawn from all the states of the federation with the of Lagos state whose delegates did not answer to the roll call of the states.
In his acceptance speech, Dania said that the party came to disrupt the existing system he claimed has held Nigeria back despite its abundance potentials.
He said: “We did not come to this game like any other political party but here to disrupt the system and, indeed, we will disrupt the system. We have different strategies one of which is the engagement of grassroots participants; identifying people whom we know are already doing a lot of reform work in different parts of the Nigeria.
“The strategy is to bring them into clusters and those clusters would enable us to see how they can integrate and exchange information to impact their immediate societies.”
Dania emerged unopposed following the withdrawal of Jay Osi a few minutes to commencement of balloting by delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) that were elected unopposed include Isa Tijanni (deputy national chairman), Thompson Isime (national organizing secretary), Ben Nwokoye (national legal adviser) and Victoria Ayo (national woman leader).
Akinloye Oyeniyi, an audience economist and legislative expert, emerged national publicity secretary of the party.
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Olawepo-Hashim had earlier predicted that both the ruling APC and its main rival, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will lose the presidential seat at the forthcoming 2019 election.
He made the comment while addressing select journalists in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Friday, June 8, adding that Nigerians are tired of the leading political parties in the country and are yearning for a change of the country's political status quo.
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