Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya of Kowa party is the only woman contesting for president in February 2015 election in Nigeria. She is contesting alongside her running mate, Saidu Bobboi. Prof. Sonaiya is a former Professor of Foreign Languages at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
In 2008, she was named an International Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and until recently, Sonaiya was the National Public Relations Officer of KOWA Party.
KOWA was registered as a political party on July 16, 2009, by a group of Nigerian Civil Society activists, professionals and technocrats.
According to the party: “Kowa wishes to contribute to making Nigeria a country where there is economic justice, political sanity, peace, stability, human development and social progress; a country governed in the best interest of the majority who are at present, mostly poor, struggling people, as opposed to the current situation in which there is gross economic injustice and a wide gap between the rich and the poor.different.”
All presidential candidates expected to contest the February presidential election, as released by INEC, are President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a woman, Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya of Kowa Party.
Others are Ambrose Albert (Hope Democratic Party); Ganiyu Galadima (Allied Congress Party of Nigeria); Rafiu Salau (Alliance for Democracy); Godson Okoye (United Democratic Party); Dr. Nani Ibrahim Ahmad (African Democratic Congress); Martin Onovo (National Conscience Party); Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani (Action Alliance); and Chekwas Okorie (United Progressive Party).
Their running mates are: Vice-President Namadi Sambo (PDP); Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (APC); Haruna Shaba (Hope Democratic Party); Balarabe Ahmed (Allied Congress Party of Nigeria); Prof. Clinton Cliff Akuchie (Alliance for Democracy); Haruna Adamu (United Democratic Party); Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue (African Democratic Congress); Ibrahim Mohammed (NCP); Saidu Bobboi (Kowa Party); Comrade Paul Ishaka Ofomile (Action Alliance); and Bello Umar (United Progressive Party).