Omoyele Sowore, who is vying for Nigeria’s presidency on the platform of African Action Congress (AAC) has said that if elected in the 2019 general elections, he would, among other things, implement the policy of paying N100,000 minimum wage for workers.
The presidential hopeful made the disclosure at Lugbe, in Abuja on Wednesday, August 15 2018 whiel responding to questions from journalists. The newsmen wanted to know the motivation behind his vigorous pursuit of the dream to assume the highest office in the country amid many other formidable opponents.
Sowore, at the event, which also served as the formal public announcement of his political party platform, said he is convinced that his ambition would be realised through the AAC.
“Without the hands, you can neither hold the umbrella nor the broom. The two hands will hold the umbrella and the broom and throw them away,” said Sowore of the AAC emblem of two hands.
Revealing the his choice of AAC, the presidential aspirant spoke passionately about the various plans the party has in store for Nigerians, stressing that launching the party was the day the Nigerian youths had impatiently waited for.
“The very day we have all being waiting for has come. Today is the day the revolution we have been asking for will start in Nigeria. I have been saying for a long time that the day we launch our party will become the expiration day for the APC and PDP.
“What has happened today is a culmination of serious works and mobilisations. Everybody in Nigeria had expected I would join one of the existing political parties but we decided that our kind of agenda; our programmes and gigantic plans for Nigeria, cannot be accommodated within the existing political structure and we decided to launch our own political party. Today, we have the party that is known as the African Action Congress. The reason for choosing Africa is strategic. We are looking beyond Nigeria immediately because for every ten Africans you see, five to seven of them are Nigerians,” he said.
While reeling out the party manifesto, Sowore avowed clearly that the AAC has an unwavering vision to execute projects that would cover electricity reform, teaching and general overhauling of the health sector, among others, all providing an empowering environment for massive job opportunities totalling five million for Nigerians with a sizeable minimum wage.
“We have for you a fantastic minimum wage,” he announced to a large cheering crowd of party faithfuls. “Hundred thousand naira is what we plan to provide for Federal Civil Servants in the country and for Youth Corps members, we have planned to pay the same amount. Every Youth Corps member would get the same amount as government workers,” he declared.
In addition, he asserted that the party agenda targeted at changing Nigeria fundamentally and by extension change the continent of Africa for good and unite all Africans on the continent so they can live the kind of life that they deserve.
“A life of abundance in security, in power, in infrastructure, a life without corrupt old cargoes who have destroyed our educational system, health system and infrastructure. A life that has economy that works for all that provides jobs for young people, a life of opportunities so that the child of nobody can become somebody in Nigeria,” he concluded.