Ekiti 2022: Senator Olujimi Cautions Gender Issue Promoters

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the race to Ekiti State Governorship polls slated for June 18, 2022, draws near, the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has cautioned those promoting the issue of gender as yardstick for exalted seat,warning them to stop insulting women, but rather base it on capacity and competence to deliver democratic dividend to the people of the state.

The Lawmaker said there was nothing spectacular about being a governor such that it should be exclusive for men, adding that, she feels insulted and offended when some people insinuate that it was not time for women to be governor of the state.

Olujimi, a former Senate Minority Leader made her position known at the weekend, while formally declaring her ambition to contest for the 2022 governorship on the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in her ward 7, Omuo-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state.

The Senator who said she doesn’t believe that politics is a man’s world, added that, “what about politics at the level of the Senate, will you not say it is man’s world? What is on ground is not about men or women. It is about development, it is about inclusiveness; it is about wanting to serve your people.

“That is why I believe that coming into it is nothing spectacular especially because I have been there before. This won’t be my first time. Nowadays, I hear stories that it isn’t time for women. I feel pained and insulted because it was not time for women when I became the commissioner for work. It was not time for women when I became the Deputy Governor. It wasn’t time for women when I was elected into the House of Representatives. It was not time for women, when I went to the senate and became Deputy Minority Whip and also got re-elected into the Senate.

“So, it is because we have elevated the governorship election beyond its scope that the issue of gender is played up. So, I feel offended and annoyed with such insinuations. It is about capability, competence and requisite knowledge.

“For once no woman has been there except for Anambra when a woman inadvertently became an acting governor. So what is wrong in ensuring that there is inclusiveness? I believe I have what it takes to be a governor of a state.”

She said that for equity and justice sake, all political parties fielding candidates for the election should pick from the southern zone which has never produced the governor since the return of democracy in 1999.

“I have never stop saying that the south has been badly marginalised. I have never stop saying it. I have been behind the agitation for power shift to the south. The reason is that if you are a true born of the south and you see the marginalisation going on, you either speak up of for ever remain silent.

“There are three senatorial zone. In the north, Segun Oni had three and half years. Governor Kayode Fayemi is about completing 8 years. If you add the two, they would have spent eleven and half years. If you come to the central, Adeniyi Adebayo was there for 4 years follow by Ayodele Fayose who spent roughly eight year, making it a total of 12 years. The south hasn’t done.

“If you don’t allow the south now, it means they will wait for another eight years before taking a shot at it and the state would have existed democratically for 32 years without a southern governor.”

The former Deputy Minority Whip however said that the ruling All Progressives congress (APC), could be defeated by the PDP, if the party does not put a wrong foot forward by electing wrong candidate as the flag bearer.

She maintained that judging by the performance of the APC especially at the centre which has brought untold hardship to people, the PDP has an edge going into the election.

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