A professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education, Prof. Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, has declared her interest to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Adesanya-Davies, who is from Ira in Kwara State, made her declaration on Tuesday when she spoke with newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
She said the decision to make nomination forms free for women aspirants boosted her interest in the race.
She said: “I am aspiring to be the next president of Nigeria.
“I am out to put laughter of joy in the mouth of all Nigerians.
“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 will ever happen, we have paid the price in Kwara State and it is going to happen in the state.
“Nigeria has opened the ground for the Nigerian women.
“My ticket is that of Nigerians 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 University.
“2015 was when I first thought about being a presidential aspirant.
“This is for the main reason that I was born on October 15th and I got married on October 15th.
“That time I said with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Peoples Democratic Party, I was going to be his running mate.
“I was sending text messages to him.
“I told him to let the then Vice-President Nnamadi Sambo step down for him to be successful, but he did not listen to me.
“But delay is not denial.
“That is why I am staging a comeback.
“I have done some consultations.
“The first person to put a call through was Patience Jonathan.
“I told her that I am picking the presidential form this time around and she endorsed my decision.
“Our first thanks will go to the nation, Nigeria, that says the ladies could pick nomination forms at every level.
“Nigeria is confident that the current challenges in the country can only be tackled by the women.”