Female Professor Joins 2019 Presidential Race
As the 2019 general elections draw close, there appears to be new challengers seeking to take on the seemingly timeless faces.
A professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers state University of Education, Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, has announced her intention to run for the office of president.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Adesanya-Davis said she had consulted widely before making her intention known.
Adesanya-Davies, who is from Ira, Kwara State, said the sale of nomination forms free for women aspirants boosted her interest in the race.
She, however, said she was still keeping the platform of the party under which she would contest a secret.
She said, “I am aspiring to be the next president of Nigeria. I am out to put laughter of joy on the mouth of all. I have discussed this with the former presidential candidate, Sarah Jubril, who incidentally is from Kwara State. Her reaction was that ‘if a miracle like this will ever happen, we have paid the price in Kwara State and it is going to happen in the state.
“Historically, we will recall in 2015 another woman presidential candidate came. She floated a party called KOWA party. Her name is Prof Remi Sonaya, she was my lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
“2015 was when I first thought about being a presidential aspirant. This is for the main reason that I was born October 15th and I got married at October 15th. 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 Namadi Sambo step down for him to be successful 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 to put a call through was Patience Jonathan. I told her that I am picking the presidential form this time around and she endorsed my decision."
Adesanya-Davies, however, urged Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said Buhari was not sleeping, adding that the president needs to consult widely and have deep reflection before taking decisions.