Communique Of First National Convention Of Action Congress Of Nigeria USA Chapter Held At Durham, North Carolina On August 27-29, 2010

Top Quote This is the Communique of the first National Convention of Action Congress of Nigeria USA Chapter (ACN-USA) convened at Hotel Indigo in Durham, North Carolina to adopt membership of Action Congress of Nigeria, adopt a new constitution and By-law and elect new officers to carry the flag of the party. End Quote
  • Durham, NC (1888PressRelease) September 06, 2010 - At its first National Convention, members of Action Congress of Nigeria USA Chapter (ACN-USA) convened at Hotel Indigo in Durham, North Carolina to adopt membership of Action Congress of Nigeria, adopt a new constitution and By-law and elect new officers to carry the flag of the party. The convention was attended by delegates from New York, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.

    Massachusetts, Iowa, California, Atlanta Georgia, Mississippi, Washington D.C. and Ontario, Canada. In attendance were the Convention Chairman, Hon. Joseph Olúgbŕmílŕ who welcomed everyone to the convention. He was followed by the Interim Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon. Harry Osawe who reminded the convention members of the Agenda of the Action Congress of Nigeria, USA chapter, and the chapter's commitment to the progress of the party. The Interim General Secretary, Hon. Solomon Oládůnjoyč Osědélé delivered the State of the Organization and informed members that the party is strong, unified and progressive. Hon. Harry Osawe gave the financial report.

    The Keynote Speaker Hon. Dr. Olúgbémiga T. Ekúndayň, who spoke eloquently on the state of Nigeria and 50th year of independence and the importance of Nigerians in the Diaspora marshalling their resources and applying the same strategically in order to effectively produce the change they want to see in Nigeria. He urged anyone who wins election to ensure that they include their fellow contestants in their working teams through appointment by the Chairman into positions of responsibility, so that they can combine their objectives and efforts to make the party even stronger. The keynote speaker was followed with a speech from Hon. Christopher Ojó, Youth Empowerment Leader from Washington D.C., who urged Africans at home and in diaspora to learn to work together and harness their own resources for their own development. During the convention, members also deliberated on policy and strategic issues to enhance the party and support Action Congress of Nigeria.

    After adoption of the party's by-laws, members proceeded to elect the new executive, consisting of National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, Legal Adviser, Women Leader, and Organizing Secretary.

    At the hotly contested election, the following executives emerged as the National Leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria, USA Chapter:

    Hon. Dr. Olatunji Ojeranti (Oyo) New York National Chairman
    Hon. Isaac Udotong (Akwa Ibom) North Carolina Deputy National Chairman
    Hon. Solomon Osidele (Ogun) New York General Secretary
    Hon. Eric Idehen (Edo) Iowa Deputy General Secretary
    Hon. Harry Osawe (Edo) California Financial Secretary
    Hon. Augustine Ojo (Oyo) New York Treasurer
    Hon. Barr. Gordie Aigbodion (Edo) Massachusetts Legal Adviser
    Hon. Babalola Olopade (Oyo) North Carolina Publicity Secretary
    Hon. Mrs. Bunmi Fatoye-Matory (Ekiti) North Carolina Women Leader
    Hon. Isiaka Akande (Osun) New York Organizing Secretary

    After the election, the newly elected National Chairman of ACN-USA, Dr. Olátúnjí Ňjérántí laid out policy objectives appointing Hon. Mrs. Omololu Ogbeni as Chief of Staff and Liaison in Nigeria. Also, he appointed Hon. Dr Olúgbémiga T. Ekúndayň as Chief Policy Adviser and Director of Strategic Planning. Dr. Ňjérántí pledged to appoint many others who will play specific roles upon the approval of the national executives. He urged all members to redouble their efforts to build the party, and support the election campaign of Action Congress of Nigeria members in Nigeria. In line with this, he pledged to set up a committee dedicated to supporting Action Congress of Nigeria USA members who are contesting for elective offices in Nigeria.

    Mrs. Bunmi Fatoye-Matory, the newly elected Women Leader pledged to effectively mobilize women in the Diaspora to join women in Nigeria to set standards of value and have a meaningful voice in the development of Nigeria. All members and guests pledged and donated money to the organization.

    The convention was a great success, special thanks and recognition were given to the North Carolina Branch of Action Congress of Nigeria, USA chapter who hosted the event.


    Hon. Dr. Olátúnjí Ňjérántí, National Chairman
    Hon. Babalolá Olópŕdé, Publicity Secretary

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