Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
As the 2019 general election draws closer, a professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education, Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, has declared her interest to run for the presidency.
The Ira – Kwara born don said she had consulted widely before making her intention public.
She added that decision of the federal government to make the forms free for women aspirants also boosted her interest in the race.
She used the occasion to counsel Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the solution to current challenges in the country is in the hands of women.
She added: “I am aspiring to be the next president of Nigeria. I am out to put laughter and joy in the mouth of all. I have discussed this with the former presidential candidate, Sarah Jubril, who incidentally is from Kwara State.
She said Nigeria has opened the space for Nigerian women, adding that her ticket is that of Nigerians, as the presidential form is free for women.
“Historically, in 2015 another woman presidential candidate came. She floated a party called the KOWA party. Her name is Prof. Remi Sonaya, she was my lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
“2015 was when i first thought about being a presidential aspirant. This was because i was born on October 15 and I got married on October 15 too. That time i said with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), i was going to be his running mate. I was sending text messages to him. I told him to let Vice President Nnamadi Sambo, step down for me but he did not listen to me.
“But delay is not denial, that is why I am staging a come- back. I have done some consultations. The first person I put a call through to was Patience Jonathan. I told her that I am picking the presidential form this time around and she endorsed my decision.
“However, we are still keeping the party under which we will aspire under close wraps. Later on, I will be announcing that through the press. We don’t have a platform yet. We are just saying that officially, this is a presidential aspirant for 2019 and later we will take it to the next level.