ANN presidential aspirants abandon party’s national convention
Presidential hopefuls under the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) have distanced themselves from the party’s national convention scheduled to take place on the 11th August, 2018.
In a press statement issued by one of the presidential aspirants, and the Convener of YesWeFit Revolutionary movement, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, he alleged the infiltration of the party by the corrupt political oligarchy.
“When on 24th July, 2017 I declared to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, my aspiration was and still is to align with progressives to birthing a functional nation, using a credible political platform.
“My followers and I joined the National Conscience Party (NCP) in September 2017, but exited on 15th May 2018, when we came to the sad realisation that the national leadership of the Party had compromised the ideology of the founder, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
“This led to the party’s derailment from its ideals and eventual hijack by political traders who now masquerade as ‘comrades’
“On 29th May 2018, my followers and I joined the Alliance for New Nigeria, alongside the Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM), which adopted the Party as its political platform for the execution of the 2019 Presidential election.
“The ANN attracted credible, visionary, altruistic new generation presidential aspirants like Fela Durotoye, Dr Mrs Elishama Ideh and myself because of its appeal and what it stands for…”the difference”
“However, unfolding events in the past couple of weeks have given many other stakeholders cause to worry as the ideals of the Party is now being threatened by sponsored unholy infiltration from the corrupt political oligarchy with intent to hijack the party.
“This act is capable of truncating the party’s vision and mission to truly be different and salvage Nigerians from years of poor governance.
“While these very disturbing issues have been raised before the national leadership of the party, we hope it will be addressed soonest in the interest of millions of Nigerians who are looking up to the ANN to provide the much awaited salvation for our nation.
“As at today 10th August 2018, I remain a member of the ANN, but will not be attending the national convention scheduled for tomorrow Saturday 11th August, until these matters are addressed by the leadership of the Party.
“This is very important, as I would not want my name appended to a compromised process that might throw up a system worse than the ones we are criticising today”, Ikubese stated.
Earlier at a press briefing today, Dr Mrs Elishama Ideh, another aspirant had also stated that she will not be attending the national convention of the ANN, citing similar reasons, ditto for Fela Durotoye.