The presidential candidate of the KOWA party, Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron, has asked the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) to be fair in electing its candidate.
He said this on Thursday while addressing a news conference in Abuja, barely four months to the general elections in 2019.
Dr Fagbenro-Byron, who insisted that Kowa party was still a part of the coalition, was confident of securing CUPP presidential ticket for the election.
“As best as I can, I am going to work as becoming the CUPP candidate,” said the KOWA candidate who called on CUPP to urgently release a guideline for the election.
“However, we will hope that the CUPP is true to transparency; otherwise I am preparing to run, I am going to run, I will be there, as they say in Nigeria – no shaking.”
The coalition, which is led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has 42 other political parties that have agreed to pool resources and support a single presidential candidate in 2019.
Fagbenro-Byron also promised that his party would support the restructuring of the country, in order to bring the government closer to the people.
He stressed the need for the people at the grassroots to be able to hold public office holders and government officials accountable for the decisions and actions they take.
“If you really want Nigeria to prosper, move government closer to the people, and that is what we mean by restructuring,” said the KOWA presidential candidate.
He added, “The Federal Government is too heavy, the exclusive legislative list is too heavy, there is so much load a man can carry on his neck for him to move with speed and agility.”
“All we are saying in restructuring is allow the states, allow the government to be closer to the people.”