The only female governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Irene Ottih has said that she was deliberately marginalised in the contest because she is a woman and youth.
Ottih also claimed that her bright credentials and large followership posed threat to other contestants whom she said connived with the Mike Onolemen-led Screening Committee to “unlawfully prevent” her from participating in the process that eventually produced Nigeria’s former deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha as the party’s flag bearer.
Mrs Ottih had earlier called for the cancellation of the result. In an interview with LEADERSHIP, the young entrepreneur said she is considering approaching the court to demand cancellation of the exercise or be declared the rightful PDP governorship candidate in Imo State.
Ottih had already petitioned the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus. The governorship aspirant said she is not only pained by the fact that she duly purchased the governorship form and met every requirement to partake in the process but that the action of the screening committee was a marginalisation of the women folk in the whole political process.
“This is not about me alone. It is about the Nigerian women. This is a denial of women and youth of their right to seek elective position. Am pained because, as a women advocate, I was denied the opportunity to answer the call of Indimo women. I was cheated of my chance to once again, be an inspiration to Imo youth, and by implication, the Nigerian youth,” Mrs Ottih said.
“The PDP is campaigning to encourage women and youths; that its door is open to women and youths. I don’t think a woman that is willing to give her best to her state should be denied her fundamental human rights. So, the election result should be cancelled so that I can participate in the primary election.
There is no way you ask Nigerians to support a party and you shut them out of the contest. I am an entrepreneur; I worked hard to make my money,” she stated.
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