In this year's General and Presidential elections in Nigeria, the country's Federal Electoral commission has accorded official recognition to a record six political parties -- one more than for 1979.
GV PAN Tunji Braithwaite, presidential candidate, being carried on shoulders by jubilant supporters
CU TILT DOWN Poster of Mr Braithwaite representing Nigerian Advance Party (NAP)
SV PULL BACK TO GV & GV PAN Mr Braithwaite makes election address to crowd (SOT) (2 shots)
SV Mr Braithwaite holds banner of his party and explains its significance (ENGLISH SOT)
BRAITHWAITE (SEQ. 3); "For over tow decades our great nation has been under the unimaginative, the unknowledgeable (indistinct) bourgeoisie are destroying this country. I represent the sick and I represent the cheated. That means...that means we have to deal with you know who -- the exploiter class, the parasitic class, the decadent irrelevant force of yesteryear."
BRAITHWAITE (SEQ. 4): "You see the logo. We are ....Yes, it is a most beautiful logo .... We are praying for Nigeria. We carry Nigeria high in the globe. We carry Nigeria High, and we are praying for Nigeria."
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Background: In this year's General and Presidential elections in Nigeria, the country's Federal Electoral commission has accorded official recognition to a record six political parties -- one more than for 1979. Another interesting aspect of the current contest is the bravura and public confidence of the three outsider parties, the GNPP, NAP and PRP whose candidates are challenging those of the major political machines, the NPN, UPN and NPP. This confidence is not shared by observers, some of whom see the elections as a straight duel between the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) led by President Shagari, and the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) and United Party of Nigeria (UPN) who claim to stand together in a tenuous Progressive Parties Alliance (PPA). However, on look at Mr Tunji Braithwaite, the tough-speaking presidential candidate of the NAP being carried shoulder-high by jubilant flag-waving supporters might make the uninformed observer believe that he had been elected already, instead of being an outsider in the august 6 poll. Neither does Mr Braithwaite mince his words when addressing public meetings. He claims his party has to deal with the exploiting bourgeoisie who have been destroying his country, and points to the party "logo" as representing the NAP holding Nigeria high in the world.