KOWA Party has announced that Dr Adesina Fagbenro-Byron (SFB) has emerged as its Presidential Candidate from the party’s National Convention and Presidential Primary which took place on Saturday 29th September, 2018, in Abuja.
According to a statement issued to newsmen, the party said that Fagbenro-Byron surmounted vigorous competition from his fellow presidential aspirants, Professor (Mrs) Remi Sonaiya, who was the party’s presidential flag bearer at the 2015 elections, and veteran actor, Mr Ayo Lijadu, who ran a very strategic national grassroots recruitment campaign.
The statement says "KOWA Party subjected its aspirants to a rigorous process. They were formally screened including security clearance. Then they submitted to a written examination on Friday 28th September answering multiple choice questions posed by experts from diverse fields, and writing an essay on a topic of national interest. "Finally, they participated in a Presidential Debate at noon during the convention on Saturday 29th September moderated by Mr Soji Apampa, the founder of Integrity Group. The aspirants were also given a final opportunity to appeal for votes.
"Their profiles has 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-channel voting system for its national primary. In keeping with our spirit of inclusiveness, the party used a combination of paper, online and sms voting so that all of its members, even those in rural areas could participate, including those without smart phones and who could not travel to the state convention centers that the party set up in 28 states. Indeed some members who were 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.
"We heartily congratulate our Presidential flag bearer, SFB on his win."
Also, Fela Durotoye has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).