Leaders of four of Nigeria's five political parties have been holding crucial talks on a possible alliance to prevent the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) from winning the coming presidential election.
SV Nigerian political leaders pose for photographers. From left to right, Presidential candidate for NPP, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; Presidential candidate for UPN, Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Dr. Azikiwe speaking in front of microphone
CU Mr. Waziri speaking to reporter
GV FILE FILM: JANUARY 1979: PRP leader Alhaji Aminu Kano (in glasses and red hat) surrounded by enthusiastic supporters
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: AZIKIWE: "It was not possible for the PRP leader to be present today. It was decided by the three leaders to adjourn for a short break pending the arrival of Alhaji Kano."
SEQ. 3: REPORTER: "Is he likely to bring Aminu Kano down to Lagos for tomorrow's meeting?"
WAZIRI: "Well, that is what we wish to see happening. That is for Ajihaji Aminu to come, but if for some reason he doesn't come we can understand his stand."
REPORTER: "Will he than go on ahead without the PRP -- by their not coming they are trying to suggest in a subtle way that they are not as progressive as you want them to be?"
WAZIRI: "I would not like to answer this question because we would like the PRP to join us -- and we don't want to discuss any possibility of PRP not joining us -- so I wouldn't like to comment on this. We hope they will join."
Leaders of the four parties attempting to form an alliance have separately accused the NPN of rigging the elections, held over the past three weeks to elect members of the House of Senate, the Federal House of Representatives and the State House Assemblies. They allege that the NPN is feudalistic and corrupt.
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Background: Leaders of four of Nigeria's five political parties have been holding crucial talks on a possible alliance to prevent the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) from winning the coming presidential election. The four-party alliance has brought together two old rival in Nigerian politics -- Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigerian People's Party (NPN) and Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). The "power-broker" in the possible agreement has been the leader of the Great Nigerian People's Party, Alhaji Waziri. The fourth person still to join the talks is Alhaji Aminu Kano, of the People's Redemption Party.
SYNOPSIS: After the first round of ???, Dr. Azikiwe and Mr. Waziri explained to newsmen that they would meet gain when Aminu Kano arrived.
Mr. Kano, is considered the strong man from the populous state of Kano in Northern Nigeria. His participation in the four party alliance is considered crucial to prevent the NPN presidential candidate from being elected.