For day two of The Candidates, Omoyele Sowore and his running mate, Haruna Magashi contesting under the African Action Congress (AAC) took centre stage. Trust Sowore to carry the aluta spirit to a town hall discourse.
We know you’re dying to hear the things he said and as promised, here are the highlights of his conversation on Friday, November 18, 2022.
Sowore didn’t hide his annoyance for the central bank run by Godwin “Meffy” Emefiele. Speaking to the town hall host, Kadaria Ahmed, he said: “One of the first things I will do as president is ensure that we do not have a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that is a glorified bureau de change.” Na wa ooo.
On former presidents.
One thing you can expect in these town halls is that a lot of former presidents will chop cane. Sowore came for government officials, first and said, “The biggest insecurity (challenge) facing Nigeria is government officials who are fueling poverty and engaging in corruption”.
He later attacked former presidents Goodluck Jonathan (GEJ) and Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) over their failure to implement a new constitution. He said GEJ failed at it because he was interested in using it to push for a single seven-year tenure for himself while OBJ wanted to use it to push for a third term in office . “The reason a new constitution didn’t come to existence is because they wanted it for personal interests.”
On Ike Ekweremadu.
Even though he wasn’t mentioned by name, former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, got hit by a bullet and it wasn’t a stray one — it was live. In a direct diss to Ekweremadu, who is currently detained in the United Kingdom over an alleged organ trafficking, Sowore said, “The guy in charge of the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution is the same person they caught in London trying to get a kidney.”
On Aso Rock.
The seat of power got its own share of cane from Sowore. Here’s what he said on the cost of governance. “I agree with you that the cost of governance is too much and it includes the presidency. I wonder why our president has Aso Rock when it could be turned into a children’s hospital. Aso Rock is a zoo.”
Sowore may have won that round but we all know that the real fight lies ahead, in 2023 at the polls. Hopefully, our comrade is still smiling by then.
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