Dr. Adeshina Fagbenro Byron Emerges KOWA Party Presidential Candidate

While some other ‘big political parties’ are still struggling to field their candidate for the 2019 general elections, Dr. Adeshina Fagbenro N-Byron (SFB) of KOWA party has emerged victorious as KOWA party’s presidential candidate.

Byron was announced winner from the partyy’s national convention and presidential primary that took place on Saturday September 29, 2018 from 11am to 5pm at the Alexis hotel , Obafemi Awolowo way, Jabi Upstairs, Abuja.

It was gathered that he surmounted vigorous competition from his fellow aspirants. Professor (Mrs) Remi Sonaiya who was the party’s presidential flagbearer at the 2015 elections and veteran actor, Mr. Ayo Lijadu ran a very strategic national grassroots recruitment campaign.

KOWA party subjected its  aspirants to a rigourous process. They were formally screened including security clearance. Then they submitted to a written examination on Friday September 28 answering multiple choice questions posed by experts from diverse fields and writing essay on a topic of national interest.

Finally, they participated in a presidential debate at noon during the convention moderated by Mr. Soji Apampa, the founder of Integrity Group. The aspirants were also given a final opportunity to appeal for votes.
Their profiles have been circulated to all party members by sms and email prior to the commencement of paper balloting at the national convention.

KOWA party adopted a multi-chanel voting system for its national primary.
In keeping with our spirit of inclusiveness, the party usded a combination of paper, online and sms voting so that all of its members even those in rural araeas could participate, including those without smart phones and who could not travel to the state convention centres that the party set up in 28 states. Indeed some mebers who wewre unwell were still able to cast their votes from their sick beds.
The online voting system was first successfully piloted at our Lagos state congress in May 2018 and was witnessed by INEC.

KOWA party prides itself as being the credible alternative to the traditional political parties. The party’s slogan is ‘Together, wew make the difference’ and it aims to avoid the traps that have bedeviled the big parties in Nigeria and cling strongly to to its founding principles of transparencey, people-centred development and meritocracy. Its aspirants run based on their state of residence not their state of origin. 

Women, youth and people living with disabilities are not considered token or minority members, they are welcomed and embraced as full members and officers of the party at national and state levels and we are well represented at decision-making levels.

Fans of KOWA party were carried along by members of the Youth Caucus via the party’s social media handles @KOWA_Ngr and @KOWAParty.

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