Gender & EquityNewsNigeria ElectionsAPC Wants To Push Me Out Of Presidential Race Because I’m A Woman But I’m Ready To Fight — Female Aspirant

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uju Ohanenye, has revealed the challenges she is facing as the only female aspirant vying for the office of the presidency under the umbrella of the ruling party.

The businesswoman cum politician in an interview with The PUNCH said the party wants to push her out of the presidential race because she’s a woman, noting that she is not giving up since she has already purchased the party’s forms.

“The APC wants to push me out because I’m a woman, but I’m going to fight. I have bought my form and we’ll see how it goes. It is not a human being that gives positions but God. So, I’m praying to God to look towards Nigeria and help us,” she asserted.

Ohanenye, who stressed that her ambition is driven by her passion for humanity, expressed dissatisfaction over the level of women’s involvement in governance.

The mother of four said she is ready to brace the odds as she has answered the call to join the race, adding that nobody can push her out.

“I’m ready to fight for it. I’m ready to protect the downtrodden; that’s the reason I’m in politics. They asked me to come on board and that’s why I’m in this race. I have contacted my constituency from the ward, local government to state and the people in all the places I have carried out my charity are working for me. I will put in bigger efforts having bought my form. My jingles have started running on television and social media. I will be fully part of the process and nobody can push me out,” she declared.

On why she joined politics and decided to contest for the presidency and not governorship, Ohanenye answered: “I have never occupied any political office or done a government contract or job before. No kobo of the government has got to me; I was never interested in politics, but I was interested in a few leaders who I supported financially like former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari. During his second term bid, I donated T-shirts, banners, flyers and face caps in the hundreds of thousands. I gave them my malls in Owerri and Abuja as campaign offices, and also provided refreshments during meetings. I also spent hundreds of millions of Naira to support Jonathan’s ambition. I have passion for the downtrodden in Nigeria. If I become a governor, I can only do things for the people in my state. Now, if I am President, I can touch the life of every Nigerian.”

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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