The convention began as early as 7.00 a.m. The mainbowl of the Onikan Stadium venue of the convention started witnessing the influx of party chieftains, party delegates, supporters, well wishers as well as the presidential aspirants themselves all gaily dressed.
In attendance were the National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, his National Vice Chairman, Alhaji Murphy, the one-man riot squad and National Publicity Secretary, Alahaji Lai Muhammed, the National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire, National Deputy Secretary, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Lagos Central Senatorial candidate, Chief (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu, a legal practitioner, Mrs Saida Sa’ad and Chief Audu Ogbe.
Others included both former and incumbent governors of the party like Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, Rauf
Aregbesola of Osun, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, as well as Dr. Cris Ngige, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Osun and Lagos Deputies Governor, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori and Sarah Adebisi Sosan among others.
Praise singers, talking drummers, acrobatic dancers and cultural dancers were also on hand to entertain the august gathering that comprised the politicians, civil society groups, officials from the Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), as well as observers from other parties, particularly the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
The presence of the CPC delegation reinforced the belief that the much touted alliance talks between it and the AC N were very much in progress.
The election proper
The Convention Committee Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu while welcoming the delegates to the venue described the convention as ‘another milestone in the history of our great party and dear nation.’
He said the party members were united by the common motive of winning the April general elections and wrestling power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While reiterating his party’s determination to rule the country from the centre this year, Shuaibu added that ‘we believe in democracy for justice , urging the members to cast their votes and wait until their votes were counted.
According to him, ‘Nigerians are tired of the ruling party and thus, we must end the 12 years of of empty promises by the ruling party.