Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned those having the erroneous impression that the 2018 governorship election is not the auspicious time for a woman to be elected governor of the state.
The party blasted the proponents of gender inequality in the state, particularly those that were subjugating the voices and chances of women in political appointments, saying women shall take their destiny in their own hands in the July 14 election.
This was as the party yesterday received the first female governorship aspirant , Dr. Mojisola Kolade, who visited the APC secretariat in Ado Ekiti to submit her letter of intent for the gubernatorial contest.
Kolade, a medical doctor and number 31 aspirant that has declared interest in the plum seat, promised that her government will deal with rapists and those subjecting minors to all forms of abuses to sanitise the state.
Speaking at the event held at the partyâ€™s secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the APC Deputy Chairman, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, urged women to support female contestant during the primary.
â€œIf you check the political history of our dear country, you will see that women like Mrs Biodun Olujimi, and Mrs Remi Tinubu have done us proud with their contributions on the floor of the Senate, so it was wrong to say women lack the capacity to govern.
â€œAt the international scene, Liberian President, Mrs Johnson Sirleaf, Queen Elizabeth of England and many others also confirmed that women can do it better.
â€œI appeal to you to support Kolade. She has the experience, exposure and academic attainments to lead Ekiti well as a trained
nurse, pharmacist and medical doctor,â€ she said.
Kolade promised to ensure that no child in Ekiti is subjected to any form of abuse like rape, hawking and slavery with her in the saddle of governance in Ekiti.
â€œIt is no gainsaying the fact that Ekiti are well educated people, but no industries for them to work and this is sad. I will revamp our moribund industries to serve as impetus to our youth to go to schools.
â€œOur health system is bad, even the best hospital in Ekiti has very few skilful personnel and equipment. All these we shall correct using our connections and expertise.
â€œI am not comfortable with 45 years life expectancy for Ekiti women.
We shall put the right health interventions in place to tackle infant and maternal mortality and fight incommunicable and communicable diseases.
â€œWe shall make farming very attractive to our youths by giving them loans for commercial production of cassava, yam, rice, cocoa for Ekiti to attain food security status,â€ she said.