A presidential hopeful, Omoyele Sowore, has said that Nigeria would become a huge exporter of India hemp if he wins the race to rule the country in 2019.
Sowore, who is the CEO of online news medium, SaharaReporters, made the declaration in a new viral video. Wuzup Naija has, however, not been able to confirm the day the footage was shot.
In the video, Sowore said that some of the best weeds are grown in Ekiti State, adding that countries are making billions from the sale/export of marijuana.
We have to start taking care of our weed [Igbo], such that we can also contribute to the GDP of the world. Some of the best weeds in the world are grown in Ekiti State and people are making billions out of that particular plant, that particular plant that is very potent in Nigeria.
We should be focused on it, our NDLEA should get the notice/memo in advance that Nigeria will be exporting weed to cure cancer in other parts of the world, instead of chasing after people who are growing weed whereas they are not chasing after our politicians who are smoking cocaine in their houses.
Wuzup Naija recalls that Sowore had rejected the emergence of Fela Durotoye as the consensus candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together, PACT, and will continue with his ambition to become Nigeria’s president.
Durotoye had won a two-tier voting system to emerge the “alternative” presidential candidate of the group ahead of the 2019 general elections. He defeated a former Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor Kingsley Moghalu, Omoyele Sowore, and five other aspirants.
However, Sowore denied participating in the straw poll.
He described as “undemocratic” any system that will allow less than a dozen persons to determine who should run for the highest office in the land of about 200 million citizens.
In a press release by Dr Malcolm Fabiyi, the Director General of his 2019 campaign organisation, he said:
“On Thursday, the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) selected a Consensus Candidate from amongst the aspirants who participated in the straw poll. The TakeItBack Movement and our convener, Omoyele Sowore, were not part of this action.
“Our position at the TakeItBack Movement has always been that a United Front of progressive forces is essential for wresting power from the status quo politicians. We believe that our voices are stronger together. As we’ve stated previously, the successful cooperative struggle which several youth presidential aspirants participated in, to extend the voter registration exercise, clearly demonstrates the power of a United Front.
“However, we have also been very clear in our position, that the choice of who becomes the leader of almost 200 million Nigerians should not be determined by only about a dozen people, in a nation of 180 million persons. As Democrats and progressives, we believe that leaders should emerge, only through a transparent process that allows the millions of Nigerians that are yearning for national development and transformative leadership, to have their say in electing their own representatives, in free and fair party primaries and eventually at the national polls in February 2019.
“Our unwavering commitment is to a fair and transparent democratic process that includes party primaries and coalition building. As all the political parties stage their legislative, gubernatorial and presidential primaries between now and October 7th, 2018, we enjoin all Nigerians who desire national transformation to participate actively in the political process by joining political parties or competing for elective positions.
“For those seeking a political platform that stands solidly with the Nigerian people and is not aligned with either of the twin evils – the APC and PDP – that have ravaged Nigeria for decades, we invite you to join us in the African Action Congress.
“The democratic process is about more than just the presidency; it is our aim to fill elected offices across Nigeria, from councillorship to the Presidency, with young men and women who are tired of the status quo and are truly primed to reclaim Nigeria.
“We have heavily subsidised our nomination form fees to give brilliant and progressive minds across the country a chance to make their mark on Nigeria. Our complete fee exemptions for the disabled, youth corpers, honourably-dischargeddefence personnel and serving or retired teachers, nurses and emergency service workers, prove that we are committed to building a greater Nigeria.
“The TakeItBack Movement and the African Action Congress party are committed to creating a Nigeria that works for all, not a select few. We thank all the millions of Nigerians that have supported our campaign for transformation thus far.
“The road ahead of us remains a long and arduous one. With your continuing support, we will remain steadfast in demanding a fair and equitable nation, that works for all Nigerians.”