In Nigeria - where campaigning for this year's presidential elections is already under way - a political bombshell has exploded over the candidacy of the country's first and only former President, Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe.
GV EXTERIOR (MUTE) Eko Hotel in Lagos.
CU (MUTE) poster of Nigerian People's Party.
GV INTERIOR: Former Nigerian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, with supporters before press conference.
CU: Azikiwe speaking
CU AND GV: Audience cheering (2 shots)
AZIKIWE: "In defence of my honour, I will do my best to those concerned, that the statement of Michael O. Ani Chairman of the Federal Electoral Commission, about me, namely that I did not pay any income tax during 76-77 at all, is absolutely false and unfounded.
This is number one. Two, his statement that I paid tax in arrears in subsequent years, is also misleading and false. His statement that I paid (indistinct) payments is also false, and his statement that I paid er...submitted my return after he'd written to my party is also false."
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Background: In Nigeria - where campaigning for this year's presidential elections is already under way - a political bombshell has exploded over the candidacy of the country's first and only former President, Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe. In a television broadcast across the nation, the Head of the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) Chief Michael O. Ani, alleged that the former president has failed to pay taxes during the pat three years.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (25 April), at Lagos's Eko Hotel, Dr. Azikiwe replied to the charges. He is representing the Nigerian Peoples Party i the presidential race. Doctor Azikiwe, firmly denied the allegations.