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APC says inaugural convention a success

16 June 2014, 21:56

Abuja - The All Progressive Congress (APC) hailed its just-ended national convention as successful.

The inaugural event was held in Abuja where John Oyegun was selected to lead the opposition party.

“We are encouraged and gratified by the goodwill messages from a cross section of Nigerians, many of them from outside our party, especially on the openness and transparency of our convention. This massive support from Nigerians has strengthened our resolve to continue with our efforts to move our country forward. Now, we are back to work and we will not look back until Nigeria has been rescued from the grip of rapacious cabal intent on stifling the country's progress,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

The opposition party thanked all its members and supporters for their demonstrated commitment to the sustenance of democracy and the upliftment of Nigeria, saying even when a rainstorm started midway into the convention, the delegates were undaunted as they defied the weather to protect the ballot boxes and cast their votes.

“When the entire public address system succumbed to the rains, our members moved from one state delegation to another to mobilize then to vote. When the rain started, they were more interested in protecting the ballot boxes than shielding themselves from the rain,” Mohammed stated.

He added, “It is also noteworthy that no cases of violence and pick-pocketing were recorded despite the massive turnout at the Eagle Square for the convention. Not even the threatening text messages sent to the phones of many delegates at the convention, over a purported impending bomb attack, could shake their resolve. There can be no better testament to commitment to a cause, the cause of rescuing Nigeria, than this.”

The party assured Nigerians that in the days ahead, the party would provide more details of its Road Map that will lead it to the creation of a new and prosperous Nigeria for the benefit of all the people.

Formed in 2013, APC is seen as the biggest threat to People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) stranglehold on power in next year’s elections.

– CAJ News

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