Despite her admiration for the ruling All Progressives Congress's National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, female presidential candidate Khadija Okunnu-Lamidi feels Nigerians hunger for a youthful individual with vigour to lead the country out of its current quagmire.
This comes after she disclosed that she is "somehow related" to Tinubu, who recently announced his intention to run for president in 2023.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Khadija remarked, "Yes, we are linked in some way."
"He is the APC's national leader; he has made significant contributions to national politics, and I hold him in high regard." However, this does not change the fact that Nigerians are searching for a vibrant young person. Nigerians want a way out of poverty, she said. "They want 24-hour electricity, good health care, and good roads, all of which I'm here to provide."
"It was shortly after the EndSARS protests in October 2020," she recalled, adding that she began talking with teenagers and the late singer Sound Sultan with the intention of fielding some adolescents to run for public office.
She claimed that the majority of those she spoke with were sceptical of the idea.
"It came to me at that time that if I truly have the passion, I should be the one to take the risk in order for us to have a better Nigeria," she said.
"As you can see, my entry into the race has not been a joke," she replied when asked how serious she is about her aim.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.