If ever there was a party created for defying the odds, it would be the African Action Congress. Borne from a Movement that continually defies the odds, the AAC party has grown from a dream to becoming a powerful force; an unstoppable force which today saw the emergence of Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate.
At a time when the old, corrupt parties have turned the political scene into a farce – slinging mud and accusations, distributing funds, and even resorting to violence, the AAC brought about a new dawn in Nigerian politics.
Other than a very modest budget for the transportation of members from the farther reaches of the country to the convention venue at Shangisha, Lagos, the proceedings remained untainted by the dirty money politics we have come to expect from Nigeria – a practice that continues to bring us nothing but deprivation and depletion as politicians work to recoup their ‘investment’ at the expense of Nigerians already stretched to the limit.
Instead, the AAC showed what a party primary should look like – an affirmation of the work done thus far; a celebration of the selfless men and women who have given their blood, sweat and tears to raise a political party manned by some of the most passionate Nigerians in the land; and a platform upon which to elect the presidential candidate for the party.
Mr. Sowore after his election as AAC’s presidential flagbearer
The highlights are too numerous to mention – the capacity crowd being held in a hall which the Convention Planning Committee had initially thought too large; impassioned speeches by political candidates for positions at every level of governance from across the country; and fervent comments by members of the disabled community who have found a welcoming home with the AAC party.
But perhaps the jewel on this formidable crown was the appearance and rousing speech given by Femi Falana (SAN). Urging Nigerians to rise to the challenge and take their country back, the distinguished advocate promised to represent any AAC candidate who might need legal representation PRO BONO.
The crowd thundered with applause and renewed vigour at the possibility of a Nigeria that could actually work for them.
A cross section of attendees at the convention
The AAC continues to do what it set out to do: create a model for African politics and push the continent to greater independence and self-determination.
And with the fearless, tireless, and incorruptible Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate, the party is another step closer towards achieving its aim.