One of the governorship aspirants in Osun State and only female aspirant on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Bolanle Akanbi has accused her party of shutting her out of the race.
Mrs Akanbi, who narrated her ordeal at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja while addressing newsmen said he arrived the secretariat on Wednesday with a view to collecting her form but she was denied.
She explained, “I was told to go to office of the National Organising Secretary, when I got to the organising, they asked me to write a letter, which I did. They asked me to submit the letter to the National chairman.
“When 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.
“Immediately, the chairman came out, 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 she 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 endorsed former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande as a consensus candidate on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999 before the party metamorphosised to Action Congress.
She, however, appealed to the party leaders not to disenfranchise her or deny her rights to contest.
When contacted on phone for reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman, Simon Egbebulum said he could not talk because he was driving.
Also speaking, 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 the I did not know what happen.
“She couldn’t have been denied form, moreover when she came the sales of form had closed.”