Lady Alexandra Onyemelukwe, daughter of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, has joined the race for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State on the Peoples Democratic Party platform.
She spoke with newsmen shortly after submitting her nomination and expression of interest forms at the PDP National Secretariat on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyemelukwe said she was optimistic of picking the party’s ticket for the election.
She said: “Yes, new things are happening and the world is changing.
“Women are coming up in different places.
“Anambra already has two women senators, which has never happened elsewhere in Nigeria.
“In Anambra, we the women are special and innovative and we are daring.
“This time it will be different and we will see the difference a woman can make.”
Onyemelukwe said she was not afraid of big weights in the contest because she was also a big weight with God as her political father.
She said: “Basically politics for me is not a game, it is a passion.
“I grew up in politics and I come from a political family and I know you don’t go on such a journey without God.
“I have the Most High God with me and I believe that since I have Him I will not fail.”
Onyemelukwe said she is in the race because she has a lot to offer the state in addition to her passion for the people.
She said: “I am a second generation PDP woman.
“I have the fear and love of God and a sense of selfless service to offer to the people of the state.”
Onyemelukwe promised to harness the skills and innovations of the people for the development of the state, if elected as governor.
She said: “Anambra people are known for industry, hard work, skills and innovations.
“The state is actually an industrial hub. We have the Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka zones in the state.
“It is a matter of harnessing what we already have so that we can achieve optimum best and shine as the light of the nation.”
Onyemelukwe also pledged to give priority to women and youth empowerment.
She said: “As a woman and a mother I believe that I am in a better position to know what is the best not just for the children and women, but for the men as well, because I am also a wife and daughter and a sister.
“Our children need to have quality and affordable education.
“That is the most important thing.
“In that way we are training the next generation and the generations to come.
“The world is moving on, it is not about moving along with them but we catching on and then moving on.
“Anambra women are strong.
“As I said we already have two senators out of three.
“We need to harness our women in terms of having industrial clusters, SMEs.”