President Shehu Shagari launched the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) Presidential campaign in Lagos on June 2.
GV NPN supporters. Crowd scene with banners.
SV President Shehu Shagari steps on to speaker's platform and leads crowd in cheer.
GV Political party poster for the President.
SCU Shagari speaking. (SOT)
GV Party members cheering and dancing.
SCU Chief Ojukwu addressing rally. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: SHAGARI: (SEQ 4) "Neighbouring in the city of (indistinct) of the (indistinct) Ibos of the Hausas, of the Ibibios, of the (indistinct) and of all the tribes of Nigeria. We are all here. And as Nigerians they are entitled to equal treatment for everything. For any party which discriminate against Nigerians that party does not deserve to be called a national party or a Nigerian party. That party is not Nigerian but is a tribal party of divisions. We can not supports that any more here in this country."
DJUKWU: (SEQ 6) "I actually only bring to you the fraternal greetings of the people across the Niger. What you are trying to do here we have already begun across the Niger. And we hope that in this age of solidarity but with our arms linked across the Niger we shall march behind our party shaygu (phonetic) Shehu Shagari into the state house and battle ground again on the first of October, 1983."
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Background: President Shehu Shagari launched the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) Presidential campaign in Lagos on June 2. Thousands of supporters, many dressed in the green, white and blue colours of the party, attended the rally and cheered their leader. President Shagari said the NPN in Lagos State was not finding things easy because it was not in control of power there. The President promised the people of Lagos that his administration, if elected on the state and national level, would rebuild the Lagos schools. He condemned the ruling state government's policy on education which, he alleged, was discriminatory. President Shagari said the NPN was the only party in Nigeria that was non-discriminatory. The former Biafran leader, Emeka Ojukwu, who returned to Nigeria a year ago after 12 years in exile, lent his support to President Shagari at the rally. Mr. Ojukwu is a member of the Ibo tribe, and his endorsement of Mr. Shagari was expected to secure Ibo support for him. Five opposition parties will via against President Shagari in the August elections.