The only female governorship aspirant out of 32 on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Bolanle Akanbi, yesterday staged a protest at the national secretariat premises of the party, raising allegation of being shut out of the race.
Madam Akanbi, a graduate of Mathematics, told newsmen that she arrived the secretariat on Wednesdaywith a view to obtain her nomination form but was denied.
She said, “I was told to go to office of the organising secretary, when I got to the there, they asked me to write a letter, which I did. They asked me to submit the letter to the national chairman.
“I was told that when the national chairman minutes to it, I should bring the letter back but I was not able to see the national chairman yesterday (Wednesday). Today, I went back to the national chairman, I was in his office waiting for him, he did not allow me to explain anything to him.
“But immediately the chairman came out from his office, I believe as a woman I needed his audience. I was expecting him to look at me. Suddenly, he said, Madam, what do you want? Later he sent his security details to drive me away.
“I came all away from state of Osun. I am the only female aspirant out of 34. I feel it is not a sin for me to show interest in contesting because I know I am qualified. What a man can do, a woman can do better.”
The APC chieftain, who hailed from Isokan local government area of the state, told newsmen she holds Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in mathematics, adding that he is more qualified to contest the position considering her experience in politics for over two decades.
According to her, she was one of the 63-member committee who signed for the former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande as a consensus candidate on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999.
She, however, appealed to the party leaders not to disenfranchise her or deny her, her rights.
When contacted, the party’s spokesman Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said he was not aware of the development.
But speaking on the development, the national organising secretary, Emma Ibediro confirmed that he actually asked the woman to get a letter from the national chairman, saying Mrs Akande came late for the form.
“I asked the director of organising secretary what is the procedure for women, he said the forms are free but she has to get a letter from the national chairman but since then I did not know what happen. She couldn’t have been denied form, moreover when she came the sales of form had closed.”
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