Saturday, 15 January 2011
ACN picks Ribadu to confront Jonathan
FORMER Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Friday emerged as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (AC N) for this year’s general election.
He was elected unopposed through a voice vote by delegates from 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following the withdrawal of two aspirants, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State and Mallam Saidu Malami from Nasarawa State.
The motion for the confirmation of Ribadu’s candidature was moved by the Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Murphy, and seconded by the National Legal Adviser, Dr Muiz Banire, in accordance with the provisions of the ACN Constitution and Section 6 of the Electoral Act.
Bafarawa, who said that he had campaigned round the country, explained that he stepped down because the contest is not a ‘do or die’ affair.
Malami, who displayed an oratory prowess, to the admiration of party followers, said he stepped down in the interest of the party.
With his emergence, the former EFCC boss is to confront President Goodluck Jonathan, who emerged Friday morning as the flagbearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the main election in April.
Other presidential candidates who have already emerged and will slug it out with Jonathan are: Gen. Mohammed Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); Dr. John Dara of the National Transformation Party (NTP); Mr. Dele Momodu of the National Conscience Party (NCP); Prof. Pat Utomi of the Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) and Rev. Chris Okotie of the FRESH Democratic Party.
Presenting the party flag to Mallam Ribadu Friday after the Special Presidential Convention of the party held at Onikan Stadium, Lagos, ACN National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, who presided over the convention, described him as the face of the new generation worthy of overwhelming support of women and youths across the country.
Ribadu, who thanked the aspirants that withdrew for him, accepted the nomination, saying "change is in the air".
"I humbly accept the challenge with utmost sense of responsibility", he added, promising never to betray the confidence and trust reposed in him by the leaders and members of the party.