AAC Rejects Alliance With APC In Rivers State
The party added that it remains committed to its promise to Nigerians to provide a different style of government.
The party made its stand known in reaction to a statement on Wednesday that Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and leader of the APC in Rivers State has ordered his party to vote Awara Biokpomabo, the AAC governorship candidate in the state.
Earlier today, Amaechi during a campaign rally on Wednesday, endorsed AAC’s Biokpomabo and said: “This morning, the leadership of the party met and agreed that we would work with a party called African Action Congress (AAC), while we are still in court to reclaim our mandate.
“So, on Saturday (March 9), we will vote for AAC. You must go home and vote for AAC. There should be no excuse not to vote, because there will be security for everybody. You must prepare and make sure you win the governorship election.”
However, in a press release signed by its Deputy National Chairman (Administration), Dr Malcolm Fabiyi, AAC denounced the alliance, saying: “We were made aware of the APC’s recent endorsement of the AAC’s Rivers State gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming elections on the 9th of March. Rotimi Amaechi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has pitched his tent with Awara Biokpomabo, our governorship candidate in the African Action Congress
“While we have no influence over who other parties might choose to endorse, we wish to make it unequivocally clear that we have we not entered any alliances or coalitions with the APC or any other party in Rivers State, neither have we made any decisions to dovetail parties or seek strategic alliances as we approach the state elections in a few days.”
Fabiyi added that “the AAC, led by Omoyele Sowore, promised Nigerians a different style of governance at the national level; we also believe we can bring this new promise of transparency and progress to bear at the state level”.
“We urge all PVC-bearing Nigerians to come out en masse on the 9th of March and vote for transformation and a true paradigm shift, the kind that only the African Action Congress can bring,” he said.