Former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi and eight other female aspirants have indicated interest to contest for the Ekiti State governorship election scheduled for June 18, 2022 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Other aspirants include Mrs Olumide Ojo Olukemi Olubunmi from Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state, Chief Mrs Arogundade Olutoyin from Ekiti East Local Government Area and Princess Adekemi Adewunmi from Efon Local Government.
Others are: Mrs Cecillia Ebiesuwa, Emure Local Government Area; Mrs Adewumi Adesoye, Ado Local Government Area; Mrs Titilayo Owolabi Akerele,Ikole) Local Government Area; Mrs Modupe Asaolu, Ekiti South West; and Mrs Deborah Alo, Ido/Osi Local Government Area.
The nine female aspirants were among other seventeen aspirants who have so far obtained the nomination forms and have been screened by the PDP at its national secretariat.
Olujimi revealed her decision to join the race was borne out of the desire to salvage the state from the woods through selfless service to the people, irrespective of their social status.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Sunday, she put to bed the speculations surrounding her aspiration.
The lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial districts said that she decided to throw the hat into the ring, following calls from the downtrodden, traditional rulers and eminent sons and daughters of the state.
Noting that she possessed the quality and experience required to harness the vast resources of the state for productive and developmental purposes, Olujimi added that her political and public sector experiences has prepared her for the plum position.
She said that she is in the governorship race to turn around the fortunes of the state by revolutionizing all the sectors of governance with focus on the masses.
Olujimi said that if given the ticket of her party and elected as governor, 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.
Promising that her administration will restructure the health sector in a way that quality healthcare service delivery would be decentralised with a view to reaching both urban and rural dwellers, the senator added that education was one of the major objectives of her aspiration, saying that the sector would be reformed to include not only building of schools, but also the provision of incentives to teachers.
She said, “Our mission is to rebuild, to reposition and to regain the state’s glory. We are very committed with passion to make 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 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.
Declaring herself as the best hand for the most coveted seat, Olujimi said that the opposition PDP needed to put its best forward for the election if it was serious of unseating the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
She added, “So, all we need is a candidate with good character, great antecedents and who is popular. And I have consistently proved that with my track records. My footprints are everywhere in the state, despite being from Ekiti South.”