The All Progressives Congress, APC, the Nigerian ruling party, received Miss Uju Ohanenye as its first female presidential aspirant as she bought the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.
Ohanenye told newsmen in Abuja after picking the forms that male aspirants in the race would not intimidate her.
“I fear that men will want to muscle me out, but I am standing firmly for the people I am here to protect.
“They will want to push me over, but they cannot intimidate me. It has encouraged me,’’ she said.
Barrister Uju Kennedy Ohanenye,
Only Female APC Presidential Aspirants submits her nomination forms today at APC National Headquarters Today. pic.twitter.com/xFavRPiaA1
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Female aspirants, youths and persons with disability vying for any elective office on the party’s platform are to pay 50 per cent of the cost of the form, which is 100 million naira.
Ohanenye said she had what it would take to lead the country to the next development phase.
She added that she would withdraw from the race for any aspirant with the vision and desire to address growing poverty and insecurity in the country.
As a mother, she affirmed she had the magic wand to do things better and differently.
“It is so apparent, and all of us know it is time for a mother to come on board.
“As it is today, considering the state of insecurity in the country and other things, children need motherly care; we can understand that from their attitude.
“I have never been a politician, but I just felt I should come on board because of what I have seen.
“The major solution I am bringing on board is to involve the commoners and the less privileged in the country’s governance,’’ she said.
Ohanenye explained that she was not interested in contesting the governorship seat in her state because she didn’t want to be limited to a particular region or place.
“I want to be out for all Nigerians, be you Christian, Muslim, male, female; I don’t care. I want to be there to ensure that everybody feels good.
“Lack of love, selfishness and bias are the causes of insecurity; people no longer feel any sense of belonging or reason to live.
“whoever leads must be one who will look into solving the problems of Nigeria,’’ she said.
Over ten aspirants have so far joined the APC presidential race. They are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu; the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Others are Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba; Governor David Umuahi of Ebonyi State, Pastor Tunde Bakare and Senator Ken Nnamani. Also, there is the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and ex-Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC-Ogun Central).
The APC special presidential primary convention is scheduled to be held from Monday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 1, 2022.