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Omoyele Sowore, AAC presidential candidate

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By Okunloye Abiodun

A human right activist, persecuted for revolution protests - Sowore.

Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian pro-democracy and human rights advocate. In 2006, he established the online news organization Sahara Reporters in New York City with financing from the Ford Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation to fight against corrupt and unethical government activities. Sowore was born on February 16, 1971, in Ese-Odo, Ondo State, Nigeria. He was one of 16 children reared in a polygamous household, and he learned to fish as a way to provide for them and pay for his own education. He has settled in Bergen County, New Jersey, with his American-born wife and two kids. His interest and ambition for journalism were both fueled by Nigeria’s period under military rule. In August 2018, he started a new party called the African Action Congress.

Moreso, He went to the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995 to study Geography and Planning. His schooling was extended by two years because he was expelled twice for political purposes and student advocacy. He graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in Public Administration. From 1992 to 1994, he served as the University of Lagos Student Union Government president, advocating for anti-cultism and anti-corruption campaigns. Later Sowore was taken into custody by the Nigerian SSS after he called for a protest under the banner “RevolutionNow”. The SSS accuses him of treason. Many times he was arrested during revolutionary demonstrations.

His presidential intention led to the creation of the AAC party.

Declaring his candidacy for the presidency of Nigeria in the 2019 election on February 25, He entered politics in 2019 after forming his own party, the African Action Congress (AAC), in August 2018. After presidential primaries at the AAC national convention went smoothly on October 6th 2018, Omoyele Sowore was declared the party’s Presidential Candidate. He visited the Emir of Kano and Wole Soyinka, among other Nigerian dignitaries, during his extensive cross-country journey before heading overseas for a global fundraising tour that took him to countries like Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. On November 10, 2018, he was in the town of Luton in England. For the 2019 election, He got 33,953 votes and came in fifth, ahead of many other new contestants to the election.

Furthermore, recent developments have seen the Publisher of Sahara Reporters re-emerge as the 2023 presidential candidate of the AAC party for the general election, with Haruna Magashi as his running mate. At the party’s national convention, which took place in Abuja, the delegates voted him to be the party’s flag bearer. Mr Sowore, who had become the chairman of the AAC owing to a court ruling, announced his resignation from that position prior to his appearance at the convention. After months of legal battles with the Leonard Ezenwa-led faction of the party, an Appeal Court in Abuja affirmed him as the functional chairman of the party. Sowore stated that his candidacy for party president would violate the party’s constitution, which prevents him from holding both positions at once.

Contributions were made to support the Sowore Campaign goal.

Many Nigerians, both at home and abroad, have contributed to the AAC Presidential candidate’s campaign in the months leading up to the 2023 election. The donations were made in a virtual fundraising event called the “Sowore Campaign Global Mega Fundraising.” The initial donation came from a man known as Folyjesus, a Nigerian living in the United Kingdom. Subsequent donations came from a man known as Papzo and several others. He commended them for their donations and mentioned that he was appearing on a presidential town hall series, which some of his supporters were watching while also making donations. He explained that they intended to run a campaign centred on the idea of liberty and that they intended to hand the reins of power over to the voters.

In an earlier speech this year, Sowore reminded his fellow Nigerians that they only got one opportunity to live and that it didn’t have to be full of suffering because of a dishonest government. The leader of the #RevolutionNow movement has urged the people of Nigeria to take action in the face of the problems that have plagued the country for so long. He explained that he had come before the people with nothing to hide and that he had never stolen from the country, lied to anyone, or stood in all four corners at once. He explained that he felt personally persecuted for the persecution of individuals from all over Nigeria.

Stolen funds are enough to fund free education – Sowore.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s program titled “Sunday Politics,” Sowore responded to viewers’ comments by stating that, should he be elected president, his administration will place emphasis on education and will work to ensure that it is available without cost at all educational levels. One of the most important promises in his party’s platform is that education will be free. He elaborated on the proposal by saying it applies to everyone at any level. He is well-versed in economic management, and the resources to do so are available in Nigeria. According to him, the funds that have been stolen from the government over the previous 16 years are enough to fund full free education for the next 50 or 100 years.


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1 year ago

Omoyele Sowore, AAC presidential candidate – A human right activist, persecuted for revolution protests – Sowore. – Express your point of view.

jdpumping
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1 year ago

AAC presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore a former union president and a human rights activist is vying for the post of the president in Nigeria and has tried previously and was not successful and several contributions were made to pursue his ambition.

Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

Sowore is actually an outstanding candidate and he will be an accountable public office holders. I want him to still work with Peter Obi , so they can look for long lasting way to seize political power from this incumbent government. Sowore should also desist from attacking Peter Obi.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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1 year ago

It is to everyone’s advantage that he had the intention of running a campaign centered on the concept of liberty and that they had the intention of turning over control of the government to the people.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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1 year ago

Omoyele Sowore, AAC presidential candidate. He has contested for president seat without winning, his only trying which he know that he can’t win. They are more stronger parties. He should merge with stronger party like Labour party. My advice to omoyele sowore

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The money that was stolen from the government over the course of the previous 16 years is sufficient to pay for free education in its entirety for the subsequent years.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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1 year ago

The time that Nigeria was ruled by the military stoked both his interest in journalism and his ambition to become a journalist.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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1 year ago

As a result of recent events, the writer of Sahara Reporters has re-emerged as the presidential candidate for the general election in 2023, representing the AAC party.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

If he were to run for president of the party, it would be a violation of the party’s constitution, which states that he cannot hold both positions at the same time.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

Sowore has really tried and also the multiple political parties system operated in Nigeria has makes lot of people to have interest in politics and it has build people confidence to involve in politics.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

They planned to run a campaign centered on the concept of liberty and that they planned to return the reigns of power over to the voters at the conclusion of the campaign.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Omoyele Sowore, AAC presidential candidate. All efforts to be the president has proved abortive. I will advice he merge with stronger party. I see him has a good candidate too.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

In point of fact, Sowore is an exceptional candidate, and he will be a responsible person serving in public service.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

There are different kind of presidential candidate we need the right one who is ready to work and improve our country not one that will make it worse more

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

Sowore has attempted, and Nigeria’s various political party system has encouraged individuals to get involved in politics.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

Indeed, Sowore is a superb candidate who will serve honorably in public service. I hope he would continue to collaborate with Peter Obi in search of a sustainable strategy to topple the current regime. Peter Obi should ask Sowore to stop his attacks.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

We have some many credible people like Omoyele Sowore who should be elected as the president of this nation Nigeria but some set of so called cabals will not allow it. It is well with this nation called Nigeria.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

Nigerians have been challenged to act in response to the issues that have beset the nation for so long by the #RevolutionNow movement’s leader.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

Omoyele Sowore has been in the forefront fighting for the right of the average common Nigerian citizens. He was persecuted several times for this purpose. He deserve to be given the chance and be voted in as the president of Nigeria.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

The fact that he intended to conduct a campaign centered on the idea of liberty and that they intended to give the people control of the government is advantageous to everyone.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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1 year ago

Although he has held several public office and performed to his best but am still not confused that he can give us what we want in Nigeria. We deserve more.