The presidential aspirant, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, has declared that Nigeria is just four months away from leadership change.
Nda-Isaiah who made the declaration shortly after he was presented with his nomination form by the party’s national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, at the APC national headquarters in Abuja yesterday said that all Nigerians must be mobilised to ensure that the country is rescued from bad leadership.
“Nigeria is just four months away from change; we are just four months away from change in this country and everything has to be done; all hands have to be on deck; everybody must be mobilised – all Nigerians – to ensure that we rescue our country.
“Mr Chairman, I want to thank you for what you are doing for our party and what you are doing for Nigeria, as well as the history you are about to make by being the first party chairman to defeat an incumbent president.
“The time for work is now and I also have to thank you for calling everybody to order, ensuring that all the aspirants work together; I thank you for doing everything you can to ensure that there is no rancour,” Nda-Isaiah said.
The aspirant, who arrived the APC headquarters with his aides and officials of his campaign group, Sam4Nigeria, at about 11am, proceeded straight to the office of the party’s national chairman where he exchanged pleasantries with top party officials and other well-wishers before picking the nomination form.
During the brief ceremony, the director-general of Sam4Nigeria Campaign Organisation, Maamoun Saleh, had earlier informed the party leadership of the reason for their coming to the party headquarters, which was immediately corroborated by the APC national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, who said that the party had received confirmations of payments for both Expression of Interest and Nomination forms by Nda-Isaiah, totaling N27.5million.
Buni thereafter requested Oyegun to accordingly present the nomination form to the aspirant.
The national chairman, after the presentation, commended the aspirant, describing him as a trailblazer. He also praised him for his doggedness and his unique declaration rally which took place in Minna, the capital of his home state of Niger on Tuesday.
He said, “My good friend, the distinguished publisher, it is my pleasure to welcome you into the ranks of confirmed aspirants for the distinguished office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the fastest growing incoming party to the federal system. And as I do so, I wish you the very, very best of luck; congratulations”.
“I want to say that we are pleased to have you today and to have presented to you officially your nomination form. I will describe you as a trailblazer because I think even before I became the national chairman, I got used to seeing your billboards in Abuja; and I became national chairman by the grace of the members of the party and one of the first questions I asked was ‘Who is this Nda-Isaiah? Where is he?”