Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, Emmanuel Dania, the national chairman of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), has said that Fela Durotoye remains the party’s Presidential candidate. He said Durotoye was duly elected in the party’s recent Presidential primaries supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The national chairman stated this in a recent interview with Journalist in Lagos, saying that the process that led to the emergency of Durotoye was transparent, free and fair, and that it was in accordance with the guidelines of the party.
Dania stressed that the ANN’s presidential primaries held on Saturday 29th September 2018 is the only recognized convention by INEC and that the outcome of Mr. Fela Durotoye as the presidential candidate stands.
Dania described plan by an embattled presidential aspirant of the party, Gbenga Olawepo, to hold another presidential primaries as illegal, noting that Olawepo had earlier written a letter to the party seeking a change of date in the initial party’s presidential primaries which was rejected by the party.
He added that Olawepo subsequently wrote a letter to the party and INEC, withdrawing from the Presidential primaries. He however wondered why Olawepo has turned around to make efforts to be the party’s presidential aspirant “at the backdoor,” stressing that any move by him to hold another presidential primaries would be resisted by the party.
According to him, “We set out to carry-out our primaries like it is written in our guidelines. We fulfilled all conditions like other parties. The process was open for all to see but a few days before the primaries, one of the presidential aspirants who had been requesting for a change of date and we had said there would be no reason to change the date.
“But he also wrote a letter withdrawing from the race, while also copying INEC. Let us say that, in this party, we are not aware of such primaries and it is illegal.
“Fela Durotoye was duly elected as the presidential primaries of the ANN and the primaries was observed by INEC and he remains our Presidential candidate,” Dania said.
Speaking further, the national chairman said that the party would transform the country and alleviate poverty among the populace if given the opportunity to lead the country after the 2019 general elections, stressing that the ANN was the only party with a peoples-centre policies.
He however lamented the upsurge of vote- buying in recent elections across the country, while advocating for a paradigm shift among Nigerians for the country to attain its desired position. “Our plan is to deliver a new Nigeria for Nigerians; we have seen the effect of bad democracy. You can see the effect across the country; Nigerians are hungry.
They are now buying your votes, if a man has paid for your votes, he does not owe you anything. “This party wants to be involved in the country; we want to change the way things are done and deliver dividend of democracy to Nigerians,” Dania added.