Aspirants vying for public office across all levels for the 2019 general elections can now pick up their forms.
In a press statement sent to Pulse Nigeria on Friday, April 6, 2018, the party said aspirants vying for public office across all levels for the 2019 general elections can now pick up their forms for affordable fees at the National Secretariat.
In the party's payment structure, presidential aspirants are required to pay the sum of N1 million for their nomination forms, while governorship aspirants will pay N500,000.
Aspirants vying for a seat in the Senate will be required to pay N400,000, while aspirants vying for a seat in the House of Representatives will pay N250,000, and aspirants vying for a seat in the State Assembly will be required to pay N150,000 to pick up a form.
Even though youth aspirants under the age of 35 are not required to pay for the forms, they'll need to present a required number of financial party members in their constituency who support their ambition and have fully paid their dues in 2018.
Youth aspirants vying for a seat in the Senate will have to present 200 financial members, while aspirants vying for a seat in the House of Representatives will be required to present 125 financial members, and aspirants vying for a seat in the State Assembly will present 100 financial members.
The party's statement read, "All members of the party who are interested in vying for public office in the forthcoming general elections in our party can now proceed to the National Secretariat to do so.
"For the last 3 years, we have engaged the incumbent administration on their lack of leadership, good governance, transparency, accountability and an overall lack of direction in taking our country to a better place.
"We want to implore all members to step out now into the ring to offer Nigerians a better alternative than the current administration can muster.
"Across the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria consisting the Senatorial Districts, Federal Constituencies and State Constituencies, our party will be fielding candidates where our members show up. Now is the time to offer Nigerians a difference from the status quo.
"In the spirit of the values we hold dear as a party one of which is inclusiveness, our nomination forms will go for affordable fees across all offices in the elections.
"The National Executive Committee of our party has also decided that because of our priority towards youth inclusiveness and our understanding of the role that young people have to play in the future of our nation, nomination forms for young people (under 35) contesting for the Senate, House of Representatives and State Assembly will be FREE.
"Youth Aspirants however will be required to present a certain number of members of the party in their constituency who support their ambition and have fully paid their dues in 2018.
"As we march on to victory in the 2019 elections, we know that we are rightly positioned as a party to win the mandate of the people and we will do all in our power to present our party to the people in order to secure this mandate."
Presidential aspirants vying for the primary ticket of KOWA Party for the 2019 presidential election will be subjected to a written examination before they can contest.
This was disclosed by the party's National Secretary, Mark Adebayo, while speaking at the party's Lagos State congress on February 3, 2018.
He also revealed that gubernatorial aspirants contesting for tickets under the party will be subjected to the same assessment so as to produce the best candidates for important political positions in 2019.
He said, "There will be a written examination for presidential candidates of KOWA Party, and governorship candidates. At least for those two categories. We need a candidate who can sell the party profitably to Nigeria."
According to Adebayo, the party is eager to choose its presidential flag bearer on August 18, 2018, the date the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled for primary elections to commence.
While speaking, he confirmed that KOWA already has four aspirants, including Professor Remi Sonaiya, vying for its presidential ticket.
Prof Sonaiya was the party's flag bearer in the 2015 presidential election and will be expected to be the favourite to win the ticket again for 2019.
In 2015, she won 13,076 votes, 0.05% of the total votes cast, as President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives' Congress (APC) coasted to victory with 15,424,921 (53.96%) votes.