The First Nigerian Woman To Declare For Presidency 2019, Prof Olufunmilayo Adesanya
Professor Mercy Funmilayo Adesanya – Davies, a Professor of Applied Linguistics has declared intentions to contest the 2019 Presidential Elections. As earlier reported, she is a native of Ira in Kwara State.
Funmilayo, a staunch member of the People’s Democratic Party is determined to set a record as the first female president of Nigeria. She shares a close relationship with two former Presidential aspirants – Sarah Jubril and Remi Sonaya.
However, Davies while declaring her intention said,
“I am aspiring as 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.”
According to her, Serah in her reaction said ‘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”.
Continuing, she said “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.”
She added, “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 Good-luck 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 his success, 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.” She concluded.