I’ll contest for president in 2019, says Sonaiya

The presidential candidate of the KOWA Party in the 2015 elections, Prof. Remi Sonaiya, has said she will contest again in next year’s presidential election.

The don stated that even though four other aspirants had indicated interest in the party’s presidential ticket, she was hopeful she would make it in the primary.

Sonaiya made her decision known at the commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day which held on Thursday at the WFM91.7, Arepo, Ogun State. The event was organised by the Media Women Forum, with the theme, “Mobilising women for politics.”

Asked if she was planning to contest in the 2019 presidential election, she replied, “Yes, I am coming out. I am planning to run as one of the aspirants in KOWA Party. Four other people have indicated their interest in the ticket, so let’s see what happens after our primary.”

The 63-year-old charged women nationwide to start being involved in politics, noting that no nation could develop without women participation in governance.

She said, “My message to women is that the time to stand is now; the reason is that we have short-changed ourselves as a nation. We cannot have a developed nation without women’s involvement. We have the skills and abilities to prepare for leadership.

“By leaving the leadership position to men alone, we have denied ourselves our rights. I really hope that women will be determined and stand, in not just talking about the situation of things, but assuming responsibilities. We should not be begged to take charge.”

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