Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education, Prof. Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, has announced her intention to contest the presidential election.
Adesanya-Davies made her intention public, on Tuesday, while addressing newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State. The Ira-Kwara born University Don said she had consulted widely before making her intention public. She added that decision of the Federal Government to make applications 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. Her words, “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 we ever happen, we have paid the price in Kwara state and it is going to happen in the state.
“She said that Nigeria has opened the ground for Nigerian women, adding that my ticket is that of Nigeria, as the presidential form is free for women.
“Historically, we will recall 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 Univerity (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 Nnamadi Sambo step down for him to be successful but he did not listen to me.
Later on will be announcing that through the press. We don’t have a platfom yet. We are just saying that officially, this is a presidential aspirant for 2019 and later we will take it to the next level.