Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) has berated the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

He stated that Nigeria has no future if any of 75-year-old Buhari or 71-year-old Atiku is allowed to emerge victorious in the 2019 presidential election.

Sowore, who was a guest at Bounce News’ interview show “60minutes” on Wednesday, noted that the two candidates, who are positioning themselves to lead Nigeria in 2019 are the same people who caused the Nigerians pains and sorrow that the country is in today.

He expressed his determination to rescue Nigeria from the current maladministration of  Buhari in 2019, saying: “We are taking back this country from the hands of the old guards and we would ensure we set its feet on the path of progress.

On why, he is aspiring for the highest office in the land, Sowore said he is qualified  to contest for any position.

Omoyele Sowore

“I have been doing activism for over 30 years, I have never done anything less than a national politics. So, there is no less position. The position that is most important to Nigerians today is the position of the President. I am more than qualified.

On Take-It-Back, Sowore stated that the movement is about taking back the country and all that has been taken from the people that could have made Nigeria a better country.

Speaking on the high rate of unemployment in the country, especially amongst the youths, Sowore promised to create 5 million jobs in his first 30 months in government.

“Our plans can be described as S-P-I-C-E-R, H-E. This stands for Security. Power. Infrastructure. Corruption & judicial reforms. Economy & Jobs. Restructuring. Healthcare and Education. Our plans will create 5 million new jobs in the first 2 and half years.

“We will hire 160,000 new public health workers to expand health care at the local level and 200,000 teachers across the country

''Our infrastructure programme will double road and rail infrastructure. We will turn Nigeria into a construction site. Unlike other aspirants that have ever run for the presidency, not only have we proposed plans, but we also identify how we will pay for them.

He pledged to scrap the Senate if he emerges victorious in the 2019 elections, describing the upper chamber as a drain pipe to the country’s economy.

He argued that the current presidential system of government is capital-intensive, promising that, if elected in 2019, he would opt for a unicameral legislature.

He noted that Nigeria spends a whopping N1 trillion yearly as salaries and emoluments of the senators, including constituency allowances, pointing out that this huge amount should have been channeled to education, which would at the long run benefit a larger chunk of Nigerians.

On the Boko Haram menace, Sowore describes it as a business venture.

He said he would fire every army general that has been involved in the fight against the insurgents if he is elected as President.

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According to him, these army generals are the ones behind the insecurity of the country, noting that they have been cheating the faithful soldiers who are fighting the crime and insurgency.

“The brave men and women who took vows to serve our nation are being short-changed by these very generals.

Omoyele Sowore

On restructuring, he said the present Nigerian constitution is a fraud and must be changed.

He said Nigerians do not have input in the constitution while it was handed to them by the military.

“We need to change our constitution because this constitution is a fraud. We did not write the Nigerian constitution and we have no input there,” he said.

“It was written by the Nigerian military and they inserted the most fraudulent and insulting  words ‘We the people of Nigeria’.  Our constitution need to be rewritten.

He, however, said he was against old people championing the cause of restructuring.

“I am against old people who are trying to restructure Nigeria for young people.

''Let the young people be on the table deciding what they want for the future.''

Speaking on the other candidates, Sowore said he is most qualified in terms of experience.

“Of all the other aspirants in this contest, I have the most rich experience , most principled stance.

He said he was ready to participate in the presidential debate being organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He, however, warned the organisers not to group him with smaller candidates.


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