Mama Naija, Ezekwesili Is On A Different Kind Of Campaign
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, is now referred to as 'Mama Naija' and she has consistently said her constituency constitutes of the common Nigerians.
Her presidential campaign has kicked off and in Lagos State on Monday, she introduced a different kind of campaign from what has been the norm.
While others are campaigning at specific locations where everyone living in the area will gather and listen to the candidates address them, Dr. Ezekwesili is going directly to Nigerians to listen to them.
One of the places she is meeting Nigerians is the market.
She was at Tejuosho Market in Yaba area of Lagos State on Monday and she engaged sellers and buyers in the market.
The campaign started at Muffy Hall in Herbert Macaulay Way where she briefed members of the party, market leaders and the media on the ideologies of the ACPN.
"We don't want the kind of campaign that gathers people in a state and then the rally is about people talking at them and not engaging them.
"So, we have decided to prototype the kind of campaign that starts off like this, with a small conversation and then the next thing you see is that we are out on the street engaging the people.
'Running To Lead A Citizens' Movement'
"We are going to walk, all the way from here to Tejuosho Market and I will be engaging Nigerians as I meet them and that process leads to something that is very important.
"It leads to a sense that the Nigerian person and our party are ready to rescue our country together.
"I am not running to be president. I am running to lead a citizens' movement that will rescue our country for all of us.
"The rescue cannot be done by one or two people. It cannot be run by one person that has an idea of what to do, but by the government and the governed.
After briefing the media on the kind of campaign her party had planned to run, she moved to Tejuosho Market and engaged market women, buyers and everyone.
Mama Naija again stressed that her government would take over 80 million Nigerians out of poverty by instituting policies that would ensure that household income would increase.
"If there is anything that will be said of me and the team that will work with me, it is that no matter how tough it gets, we will make the bright kind of policy and build the right kinds of institutions.
"We will engage in the right kinds of production of goods and services of roads and infrastructure that includes energy, water, improvement in the telecommunication backbones, working with the private sector and do everything that is necessary.
"We will invest in the human beings because investment in the people is the most important and significant thing you need in improving their productivity," she said.
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