2019: KOWA Asks CUPP To Be Transparent In Picking Candidate

2019: KOWA Asks CUPP To Be Transparent In Picking Candidate
Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron addressing reporters in Abuja on October 25, 2018.

 

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.”

KOWA Aspirant Blasts Buhari’s Administration, Says ‘Govt Is A Disappointment’

 

A presidential aspirant on the platform of KOWA party, Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron, has taken a swipe at the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dr Fagbenro-Byron criticised the Federal Government during his appearance on Sunday Politics, Channels Television’s flagship political show.

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“A whole lot of Nigerians are disappointed; I mean this particular government is a disappointment because we have a failure in security which is a number one responsibility,” he said.

The presidential aspirant further accused the government of failing to understand the problems facing the nation, as well as refusing to appreciate the opinions of others.

He scored the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government low, especially in the areas of securing the lives and property of the people and improving the nation’s economy.

“Any country where children and women cannot play around freely; any country that does not have a 24-hour economy is a failure in security and I’m telling you that if you look at the statistics, and you look at the trajectory – is it getting better or worse?” Fagbenro-Byron questioned.

He, however, noted that Nigerian is richly blessed with talented brains and natural resources, but its leadership is finding it difficult to leverage such opportunities.

KOWA party presidential aspirant, Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron, speaks during his appearance on Sunday Politics on July 8, 2018.

 

The KOWA party member stressed the need for the leaders to govern in accordance with national interest, saying it is only on such platform that Nigeria can utilise its resources to achieve the desired goal.

He alleged that while the nation has a leader, it lacks a Nigerian president as it is only that kind of person that can drive the interest of the people.

“We don’t have a national interest and a national interest can only be driven by a Nigerian president,” Fagbenro-Byron said, claiming “The sitting President is not directed by a national interest; he’s not governed by an interest that can be so properly defined as a national interest.”

President Buhari’s administration has been hit with heavy criticism recently, especially with regards to the herdsmen-farmers crisis that has claimed many lives in parts of the country.

But the Presidency in a statement on Sunday said they have evidence that some politicians were involved in the series of killings.

“As President Buhari indicated lately, there is evidence of involvement of some politicians using criminals to perpetuate the killings,” said the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

Zamfara State Candidates Sign Peace Agreement

Candidates contesting for various elective positions in Zamfara State have signed a peace agreement as part of pro-active measures to forestall violence before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

The exercise which was supervised by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of zone 10, Mr Bala Hassan had in attendance governorcandidatesship, National Assembly, and State House of Assembly candidates from various political parties, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and foreign observers.

Addressing the candidates, the AIG enjoined them to comport themselves orderly during their campaigns and warned that the police and other security agencies would deal decisively with any candidate or group found to be involved in political violence. He also cautioned them to stop making unguarded utterances that are capable of breaching the peace before and during the elections.

On his part, the State Governor and Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdulaziz Yari expressed confidence on the capability of the Police to provide adequate security during the elections, and also added that the President has the constitutional powers to deploy the military for the elections if he deem it fit based on the security challenges facing the country.

The purpose of the gathering was to remind candidates and their supporters of the political parties codes of conduct signed in 2013. The code of conduct stipulates the ways political parties should conduct themselves during their campaigns and elections.

Speaking earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abubakar Wara urged political parties to approach the elections in accordance with the provision of the Electoral Act.

He Assured them of the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, free and fair election.

The candidates at the event were unanimous in their call for a level playing ground for all parties by the security agencies. They also harped on the need for the police and all other security agencies to remain neutral.

The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor of the State, Abdulaziz Yari, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart and former governor of the State, Mahmud Shinkafi, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Sani Shinkafi were in attendance at the event held at the State Police Headquarters.

Others were the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPA), Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) and People for Democratic Change (PDC), Mega Party,KOWA, NCP, CPP, Labour Party,SDP, ACD, PPN and ACPN.

KOWA Party Hopeful It Will Change Nigeria

Remi-SonaiyaThe presidential candidate of the KOWA party, Professor Remi Sonaiya, has expressed hopes that the party could change Nigeria and give the oil rich nation a clean break from what has been in existence.

Professor Sonaiya told reporters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Wednesday  that what ‎Nigeria needed at this time was a leader who would change the course of things.

According to her past leaders, who had one time or the other ruled the country, should ordinarily not be given a chance to come to power again, saying, they were responsible ‎for the present status of the country.

Face The Task Of Governance

Professor Sonaiya further stated that Nigeria needed someone who would squarely face the task of governance and move the nation forward from her crawling stage, something she said she could offer.

She described the rescheduling of the elections as a big disappointment, insisting, however, that those kicking against the use of card readers for the elections, would only drag the country’s democracy back.

She said the time had come for Nigerians to rise up and vote change for the betterment of the entire country, maintaining that KOWA party represents the kind of change needed in Nigeria.