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Nigeria`s opposition party holds convention, changes name

Posted: 2010-08-10
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Nigeria`s main opposition party, the Action Congress (AC), on Monday held its national convention in which it formally changed its name to the Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN).

LAGOS, Aug. 10 (mathaba) -- The convention, which was held in Lagos, was to formally make public the plan of the party to adopt a new name.

Declaring the convention open, the national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, said the new name is necessary so as to accommodate the opposition and create a platform on which they could work together.

He said the party would remain a formidable opposition, which would chase the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of power.

"One of the major items on the agenda of the convention is modifying our name from AC to CAN as we modify our name. We must also modify our ways. We must continue to improve on our ways of doing politics," he said.

The motion to change the name of the party was moved by its secretary, Usman Bugaje and seconded by Sunday Fagbemi from Kwara State.

Other amendments made in the party constitution were the changing of its motto to Democracy for Justice, which motion was moved by Festus Effiong from Akwa Ibom State and was supported by Ramota Saleh from Sokoto State.

The motion to change the color of the flag of the party from green, white and black to green, white, blue and black was moved by Olusegun Adesegun from Ogun State and was supported by Amos Gizo from Plateau State.

The party said its logo remains a hand with a broom, with ACN written on the hand.

(Mathaba and Agencies)
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