THE Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has joined partisan politics and has vowed to decisively deal with corruption in the country if elected president in the coming 2019 general election.
Sowore stated this in an interview with by Premium Times while making his intention to run for the highest office in the country known.
He said his decision to join partisan politics is to move the country forward since the past and present leaders have failed to do so.
When asked on which platform he plans to contest, the activist said in due time he will make the platform but added that there will be a coalition of parties to achieve his bid.
“Yes – we will be part of a coalition of parties. These will all be progressive parties – committed to nothing other than the advancement of the Nigerian nation. It is Nigeria’s moment to see revolutionary politics in action,” he said.
On the source of funds for the project since elections in the country are known to be expensive, Sowore relied on Nigerians for more support as some commitments have already started flowing in.
Asked if he won’t be violating the zoning arrangement between the North and South, Sowore questioned what Nigerians have benefitted from the status quo.
“Where has our “Turn – by – Turn” politics gotten us? I’m a firm believer that when it comes to the life of a nation – all sentiments must be set aside and only the most capable hands should be employed to manage the affairs of Nigerians. If I believed in Buhari’s ability to lead NIGERIA, I would have supported him. When Jonathan – a Southerner like me was in office, I had a principled opposition to the way he was running Nigeria. It was Albert Einstein that said, “it is madness to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” Nigeria has a unique opportunity in 2019 to elevate competence over tribalism, elevate character over dishonesty, principle over indecisiveness. I’m sure when the dust clears there will be candidates from across Nigeria expressing an interest in the presidency. Let Nigerians decide who should lead them,” the publisher said.
On corruption, he said, “corruption has crippled us as a nation. Where past presidents have been slow in tackling this issue and sometimes even complicit through their actions or inactions in promoting corruption, I will be decisive in dealing with this cancer that has ravaged the Nigerian nation.”
Reminded of the president’s popularity as a force to contend with, the New York based activist who noted he has already started consultation on his ambition said, “Buhari’s followership is large – but remember that it took four tries and an alliance with the South-West and with progressive democratic forces before he was able to become President.
“We are all witnesses to the unprecedented set of circumstances that saw an incumbent president defeated at the polls. If there is anything we have learned in the last few years, it is the fact that the Nigerian electorate has become impatient with purposeless leadership.
“My candidacy is generating significant interest across Nigeria, especially amongst the youth. The youth demographic is the largest single voting block. The coalition of progressives, youths and previously disenfranchised Nigerians that we are building will be a force to reckon with.
“I have been in the business of building movements since my time as a student activist in the late 80s and early 90s. I am confident that we will be able to build a broad coalition of Nigerians committed to taking their country back and setting it firmly on a path to prosperity and unprecedented progress.”
He also said though he will use his media channel to campaign for his election, he will be handing it over to an independent hand.