No fewer than seventeen people under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are said to have picked nomination forms for the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Nine out of the seventeen aspirants who are confirmed to be females have been screened by PDP at the National Secretariat, Naija News reports.
In the female list is the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi.
Recall that the Ekiti State governorship election is slated for June 18, 2022.
Names of the other eight female aspirants are revealed as Mrs Olumide Ojo Olukemi Olubunmi from Ido/Osi Council Area of the state, Chief Mrs Arogundade Olutoyin from Ekiti East Local Government and Princess Adekemi Adewunmi from Efon Local Government.
Others include Mrs Cecillia Ebiesuwa (Emure Council), Mrs Adewumi Adesoye (Ado), Mrs Titilayo Owolabi Akerele (Ikole), Mrs Modupe Asaolu (Ekiti South West) and Mrs Deborah Alo ( Ido/Osi).
Olujimi while declaring her intention to contest in the governorship race in a chat with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, said she joined the race to salvage the state from the woods through selfless service to the people irrespective of their social status.
The lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial Districts claimed she concluded on joining the race after calls from the downtrodden, traditional rulers and eminent sons and daughters of the state.
Olujimi boasted that she possessed the quality and experience required to harness the vast state’s resources for productive and developmental purposes, adding that her political and public sector experiences have prepared her for the plum position.
The governorship hopeful said she would reposition Ekiti for economic prosperity by creating an environment for industry to thrive with a better approach to taxation that will reduce dependence on federation allocations.
Rebuilding and reforming the state’s health and education sector were parts of Olujimi’s manifesto when she was confirming her aspiration today, Naija News reports.
She said: “Our mission is to rebuild, to reposition and to regain the state’s glory. We are very committed with passion to making sure that Ekiti occupies its rightful position in the comity of states.
“We will remain focused on our mission to turn around the fortunes of the state by revolutionizing all the critical sectors of governance with a direct focus on the downtrodden masses.
“And also, Our plan is to explore all the areas of possible economic prosperity and development without exploiting the people. God Almighty had blessed Ekiti State with abundant natural and human resources. What we need is the right leadership. And Olujimi is the right person.”
Olujimi, who was optimistic that she is the best candidate for the position, said PDP needed to put its best forward for the poll if it was serious about unseating the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
“So, all we need is a candidate with good character, great antecedents and that is popular. And I have consistently proved that with my track records. My footprints are everywhere in the state despite being from Ekiti South”, she added.