The Nigerian People's Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Dr.
GV Arrival of Nigerian People's Party presidential candidate, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and party officials arrive with cheering crowd.
SV & GV Dr. Azikwe speaking at rally (SOT) (3 SHOTS)
AZIKWE: (SEQ. 2) "I feel that the economic destabilisation and orders, there are four of them, orders, have not been to our best interest, because they're introduced to this country artificial scarcity. We're not able to grow sufficient food for our teeming population. Everything is done by privilege. You will remember that this destabilisation orders introduced an element into our economy that certain goods are restricted from importation absolutely. Some you must obtain licence, import licence. I feel that it is necessary for us to import certain goods absolutely like arms, ammunition, etcetera. Naturally, our defence needs must be met in order to ensure and guarantee our security. One thing we should do if you should give us your mandates to enable us to rule this country -- in the first place, we are not going to (indistinct).. is more or less like a fortress. This is a democratic country. We want to go to State House, Marina (Phonetic). There we shall think things over, and begin to find out how to solve our economic problems. And I want to give you some pointers to the future. At present we have 25 ministries. Before saying that may I submit that our respective president has 85 aides, 85 as he stands. In a country which practices austerity. It is my humble submission that Mr. President does not need 85 as he stand."
AZIKWE & CROWD CHANT: "Power to the people. Power to the people. Power to the people. P.P.P. The power belongs to you the people."
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Background: The Nigerian People's Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, travelled in a motorcade to the Arena in Lagos on May 18 where he addressed his supporters at a rally. the charismatic orator, who was Nigeria's first President under a parliamentary system, is one of five candidates and faces strong competition from President Shehu Shagari and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) rival, Obafemi Awolowo at the polls on August 6. At the rally, Dr. Azikwe criticised the austerity programmed of President Shagari, introduced in a country that is undergoing an economic crisis because of the dramatic decline in the world demand for oil - Nigeria's number one export. In particular. Dr. Azikwe attacked President Shagari's sharp curtailing of imports which have caused food prices to rise 25 per cent in the past year. Dr. Azikwe said: "Everything is done by privilege". He also criticised import restrictions of "arms, and ammunition" which, he says are threatening Nigeria's security. Dr. Azikwe also alleged that President Shagari has 85 aides which he says is far too many in a time of austerity. The 78-year-old Dr. Azikwe at first did not want to run for election because of his age, but changed his mind at the urging of his supporters. The election will be Nigeria's first civilian-run poll in almost two decades.