A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Sam Nda-Isaiah, on Thursday, picked the party’s nomination form and promised to transform the country, if elected to the position.
He said he had big ideas capable of lifting the country out of its woes and that the ideas were incomparable with those of the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Nda-Isaiah, a pharmacist and publisher of the Leadership newspaper, had formally declared his intention to run for the nation’s topmost political job on Tuesday in Minna.
The APC nomination form costs N25 million while the expression of interest form goes for N2.5 million.
The aspirant had earlier picked the expression of interest form.
He told journalists at the APC national secretariat in Abuja where he had gone to purchase the form that the country was degenerating in almost all aspects of its life.
“For a country of about 178 million people, the power generation today is between 2000 and 4000 megawatts and their own idea is 10000 megawatts which will never be attained. And a country that is a third our size and second largest economy after us produces 45000 megawatts,” he said.
“Well, I don’t know why our own big idea should be compared to this one. And of course, our party has been talking about unity. We need to unite the whole country to be able to implement these ideas that will transform this country into what it should be.
“And you will agree with me that this is not the kind of country you want to raise your kids and obviously things cannot continue this way. The country needs a new direction and by the Grace of God, that will happen next year.
Mr. Nda-Isaiah said he and the other four presidential aspirants on the party’s platform had agreed to support whoever emerges as its flag-bearer at the primary in the main election in February.
He, however, said he was in the race to win.
“We are doing it on the 8th of December and we have promised it is going to be rancour free. We will all support whoever eventually emerges. But I intend to win.”
“I still want to thank you for calling everybody to order and ensuring that all the aspirants work together and doing everything you can to ensure that there is no rancour. Of course, in all human endeavor, there might be some form of rancour but this chairman has spent every power at his disposal to ensure that everything comes out well.
“We can assure you that we are going to work by the rules. We are going to ensure it comes out well without any rancour in the interest of our party and this nation because we know how important it is for our party to win the next election.”
The National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, who praised Mr. Nda-Isaiah for his courage, said all the party’s presidential hopeful had the capacity to keep the nation together and provide it with good leadership.
“During your declaration at Minna, I was impressed by your card phrase that the time has come for big ideas, big dreams also, big plan to rescue our nation from the dire street onto which it has been plunged, from the totally directionless governance of the PDP. They are totally lost. They cannot even save themselves as a party not to talk of saving this nation,” Mr. Oyegun said.
“So, we are glad at the cream of you who are seeking on the platform of the APC to become president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”