Gender & EquityNewsNigeria ElectionsAPC’s First Female Aspirant Buys Presidential Form, Says Male Aspirants Don’t Intimidate Her

ABUJA — A presidential aspirant, Uju Ohanenye, has bought the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.

Ohanenye, the first female to purchase the forms in the party, told newsmen after picking the forms on Thursday in Abuja that male aspirants in the race would not succeed in intimidating her.

“My fear is 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 I cannot be intimidated. I have been emboldened,” she said.

She said like the male aspirants, she has what it would take to lead the country to the next phase of development, stressing that as a mother, she had the magic wand to do things better.

She added that she has never been a politician but the state of affairs in the nation made her desire to be an agent of change, noting that she would involve the common man in the governance of the country.

Ohanenye said, “It is so obvious and all of us know that 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 because of what I have seen, I just felt I should come on board.

“The major solution I am bringing on board is to involve the commoners and the less privileged in the governance of the country.”

Ohanenye, a legal practitioner, explained that locals would be engaged in road construction to get them involved and to enable them to earn incomes to reduce unemployment and keep the people busy and out of mischief.

“I am going to localise the construction of roads and many other things.

“I won’t copy the Westerners all through because they have their ways of constructing roads which makes the construction very expensive,” she said.

She further stated that she was not interested in contesting for the governorship seat in her state because she doesn’t want to be limited to a particular region or place.

She said she would support the speculated consensus option to pick APC’s presidential candidate on the condition that the chosen one has the vision and desire to address growing poverty and insecurity in the country.

“Those issues concerning the downtrodden must be addressed.

“I don’t really care if any other person other than I takes up the responsibility, but the person must be one who will look into solving the problems of Nigeria,” she noted.

The APC’s presidential nomination and expression of Interest forms sell for N100 million.


However, female aspirants, youths and persons with disability vying for any elective office on the platform of the party are to pay 50 per cent of the cost.

Ohanenye, a legal practitioner, will be jostling for the presidential seat on the platform of the APC alongside Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Sen. Rochas Okorocha.

Others are Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, Gov. David Umuahi of Ebonyi, Pastor Tunde

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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