The All Progressives Congress (APC) said it has engaged the services of an
international political consulting firm, AKPD Message and Media, “to boast
its electoral chances in the upcoming elections’’.
AKPD is co-founded by David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s campaign
strategist and a former White House Advisor.
The APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in
a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that the U.S. firm has a strong reputation
for supporting leading populist movements across the globe.
“As a party destined to bring change and succour to all Nigerians, APC is
proud and excited to work with one of the foremost exponents of change in
the world,’’ the statement said.
It said that the Chicago-based firm was best known for its leading role in
President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
“AKPD Message and Media has worked with key Democratic Party candidates
throughout the U.S., with a reputation for supporting leading populist
movements across the globe.’’
APC claimed it had been working with the firm for the past few months,
adding: “we shall leverage on the firm’s skill, experience and expertise
throughout the upcoming campaign cycle’’.
It said that company’s track record could be seen in political climate
similar to Nigeria’s, including Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.
It said that the partnership with the firm was an indication that the
process of change in Nigeria had already begun and would not be stopped.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s political activities are gathering momentum with
governorship elections scheduled to hold in Ekiti and Osun states on June
21, and August 9 respectively.
The highlight of the activities is the scheduled presidential and National
Assembly elections on Feb. 14, while the governorship and state assembly
elections are slated to hold on Feb. 28, 2015. (NAN)