- KOWA Party has rebuffed claims of endorsing any of the two major presidential candidates ahead of the elections
- There have been several media reports claiming that the party endorsed one of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari
- Atiku is the presidential candidate of main opposition PDP, while incumbent President Buhari is of the ruling APC
KOWA Party has rebuffed claims of endorsing either Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the presidential elections.
The party made the clarification via a statement sent to Legit.ng by the national chairman of the party, Saidu Bobboi on Thursday, February 14.
Bobboi stated that KOWA Party is an alternative platform to the bigger political parties, stressing that the party has fielded 300 candidates for the 2019 general election at all levels of government including the presidential election.
Claims and counter claims have been made in the last 48 hours that Kowa Party among other smaller and newer progressive parties have endorsed the presidential candidates of APC and PDP.
He noted that the party subjected its candidates to a rigorous and transparent process to verify their competence, character and grasp of the weighty issues confronting the country, adding that their presidential candidate especially, Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byro, was elected unanimously via a technology-enabled process of SMS, online and paper balloting.
Part of the statement read: “A party such as ours with clearly defined values, ideology, and a well-thought out manifesto that differentiates us from other parties, will not subsume itself under APC or PDP.
“Please disregard any such fake news items you see in the coming days. They are clearly the result of last-minute desperate measures to garner support for the two parties that have been responsible for bringing Nigeria to the brink of abject poverty, completely inadequate education, inaccessible quality healthcare, and seemingly insurmountable unemployment. The signature in the news item in yesterday’s announcement, is not mine.
“We have a lot of work to do as citizens to get for ourselves the kind of government that will show humanity and good governance in its policies and priorities and make us a proud and progressive country once more.
“On this valentine’s day, we ask all Nigerians to show love to our neighbours and our country by voting in candidates who will shower us with care, attention, and the tough love every parent gives their child so that they can grow strong and prosperous. We enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to vote for Kowa Party candidates wherever you see the phone icon.”
Meanwhile, an election observer, Connected Development (CODE) has launched a technological mapping tool that provides electoral and response organisations to monitor electoral incidences ahead of the 2019 general elections.
It also enable citizens have an easy to use tool to capture and report critical information during the polls.
Named 'Uzabe,' it is a real-time (web-based map) situation technology that would capture election processes happening across the 36 states of Nigeria with about 5,000 observers deployed by CODE nationwide.
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