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I’m in guber race to transform lives — APC’s female aspirant

By jubril Bada

The only female governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo state, Dr Funmi Waheed-Adekojo has said she is seeking the party’s ticket to ensure that women and girls take their rightful positions in the state.

Dr Waheed-Adekojo made this known in Akure when she met with some members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo state chapter at the NUJ Press Centre, Alagbaka Akure.

She noted that her decision to vie for the position of governor was not accidental but a well thought out plan to liberate citizens, especially women and girls from all forms of practices, impeding their growth and development in the society while the men would also be given a pride of place in the scheme of things.

The female governorship aspirant lamented that the womenfolk was often relegated to the background in decision making process and this she intended to correct through her aspiration at this time.

Waheed-Adekojo, a trained engineer posited that her vast experience in both private and public sectors already gave her an edge over other contestants, promising to bring such experience to bear as governor if she wins the APC guber ticket as she was confident of victory at the poll.

According to her, a blueprint will be developed to rapidly enhance all the sectors of the state’s economy especially health, infrastructure, education and create platforms for youths to be empowered through entrepreneurship skills.

Waheed-Adekojo said she decided to engage with NAWOJ being an association, advocating a better living for women and girls in the society noting that part of her plans for the state were promotion of gender equality, adequate security, scholarship for indigent children, creation of employment opportunities and making the state an investment hub.

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She therefore solicited the support of women in picking the APC guber ticket as the party’s primary draws nearer, saying she was not afraid to rock the boat with her co-contestants who are all male.

Earlier, the chairperson, NAWOJ , Ondo State, Comrade Tola Gbadamosi had commended Dr Waheed-Adekojo’s courage to swim in the mulky water of politics in her quest to be the first woman to govern the state.

Gbadamosi wished her well in her aspiration.

The meeting was well attended by the state executives of NAWOJ, Vice president B Zone, Comrade Adeola Adekunle, Chapel Coordinators and some elders in the Association.

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