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Upstaged by Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau in ...
Upstaged by Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau in the race for All Nigeria Peoples Party presidential ticket, Chief Harry Akande, former Board of Trustees Chairman of the party decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party and is now pitching for the President Goodluck Jonathan/Sambo ticket.
Sunday Isuwa writes on the recently unveiled Harry Akande Resource Centre
, which has been put at the disposal of Jonathan/Sambo campaign.
From the outset, former chairman, Board of Trustees and thrice presidential aspirant of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Chief Harry Akande who joined the party in 1998 could not see anything that will make him leave the party in spite of the numerous challenges.
Some few months back, Akande
, at the ANPP national headquarters told an attentive audience that there was no disagreement that will make him leave the party.
But after the party's convention held at the Eagle's Square, Abuja, where Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau emerged the flag bearer of the ANPP
couldn't surrender his
bit the bullet and decamped to the PDP
proclaimed that he
was not new in the PDP haven been a co-financier of the party in 1998.
"I have been in the opposition for over 12 year and am not getting younger.
I have made several efforts to nurture internal democracy and make the opposition to form alliance, but it did not work out.
I thought that since am not a new person in the PDP, if I returned, people will understand", Akande stated during the recent official opening ceremony of Harry Akande Resource Centre (HARC) and its maiden interactive session organized to support the President Good luck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo ticket.
According to him, Nigeria needs a robust and constructive criticism of its national policies to advance its development and transformation.
He explained that the urge to achieve these was why he left the ANPP for the PDP.
"Am ready to use my resources and influence to ensure that Jonathan and Namadi emerge President and vice president respectively", said Akande
Akande, the chief facilitator of HARC said that the centre was ready to engage the best political strategists and analysts in the world to provide constructive advocacy that will aid government policies and implementation of its programme.
is a voice that will cry out when government is not doing well and will equally eulogize government effort when the best is being done to advance the nation.
After attempting to be president of Nigeria
on three consecutive occasions, coupled with age which is no more on my side, I decided to set up an initiative that will advise and support the government in power," he
applauded the energy and commitment put into the presidential campaign by the duo of Jonathan and Sambo, adding that such effort would brighten their chance for victory during Saturday's election.
equally stated that the helping hands given by the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan in support of her
husband was laudable, adding that her
grassroots' mobilization of women and youth ahead of election was a strategy for victory.
Some political observers hold that with the presence of some Nigeria's political big wigs such as the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bayo Ojo, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Tahoheed Adedoja among others, the support of the Nigeria's billionaire, Akande for Jonathan's presidential bid will make a major impact.
*Considers Emeka Anyaoku, Harry ...
*Considers Emeka Anyaoku, Harry Akande
The Americans have also met with General Abdusalami Abubakar and Chief Harry Akande.
But it is Chief Harry Akande, chairman of the APP board of Trustees who is said to have gotten substantial encouragement already among several top Americans both within and outside the U.S. official circles.
The strength of Akande's candidacy according to the sources is that he
is believed to have played a major role in ensuring the success of the Abubakar transition programme by encouraging the AD-APP alliance, and because he
is currently in the APP
, a largely Northern party, it is believed that he
can be a bridge builder, since he
is also closely connected with the Afeniferes.
American training and immense wealth are also considered crucial, while many have also pointed to his
business acumen, because the argument in U.S. official circles now is that an adequate economic program can provide jobs for many of the youths who are currently involved in violence in the country.
is seen as a manager, whose business skills are believed to be capable of changing things around in Nigeria economically.
IRI : IRI in the News
2003 POLLS WILL MAKE OR BREAK NATION - HARRY AKANDEAll Peoples Party (APP) stalwart, Chief Harry Akande has called for a global alertness to Nigeria's general elections holding in 2003, warning that the elections would either "make and break the country".
"The political terrain is full of mines, and the issues are many and controversial," he
said weekend at a party organised in his
honour by Chicago-based Committee for New Leadership
in Nigeria. Akande
listed nearly 20 major issues of concern, which he
said were factors that would determine the fate of Nigeria in 2003.
They are ethnic violence, a flawed constitution, corruption, security and the rule of law, controversy over the Sharia, unresolved electoral issues and lack of efforts to convene a national conference for Nigerian groups to discuss how to live together.Akande
, who has mobilised Nigerians in America over the past two years to become politically interested in their country, also listed certain conditions that must be met for the elections in 2003 to be free, fair and credible.
"Radio and television," he
said, "should be run by an all-party body, while the electoral commission should be an all-party commission." He
also called for the engagement of international bodies in the conduct of the elections, including the UN
, the Commonwealth and joint committees of the US National Democratic Institute
Also to be involved, he
said, were the International Republican Institute and the International Federation of Electoral Systems
. Saying that the elections in Zimbabwe in March should serve as a lesson for Nigeria, Akande called for close monitoring of Nigeria's 2003 elections, beginning with pre-election activities, to the elections themselves and post-election activities.
Many of the pre-election activities that he
said should be taken care of include the enactment of an acceptable electoral law, the registration of political parties and allowing for independent candidates.
is such a person who can bring needed change."Good enough, he
said, many Nigerians in the US are running for one political office or another in Nigeria.
Others who have been mentioned include ...
Others who have been mentioned include former number two man during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), former BoT chairman, Chief Tony Anenih and Chief Harry Akande, a former BoT chairman of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), who recently returned to the party.
Govs will surprise all after picking ...
Govs will surprise all after picking second term tickets, says Harry Akande (2)
Chief Harry Akande is a founding member of All Nigeria's Peoples Party, (ANPP).
He was also former Chairman, Board of Trustees, BOT of the party.
A one time presidential aspirant, Chief Akande who is seeking to become the party's national chairman believes that ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP has over the years not only poached on ANPP but polarised the party, hence his desire to restore it to its past glory.