Dr Abisola Sodipo-Clark, wife of the prominent Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has declared her intention to contest for Ogun Central senatorial seat on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Sodipo-Clark, who was former commissioner for health in the state, submitted her letter of intent and curriculum vitae at the ADC state secretariat in Abeokuta.
She ran for the same position as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2015 general elections.
Speaking while being received by the Dr Gbolade Osinowo-led executive of ADC, Sodipo-Clark said she was in the senatorial race to make a positive difference in the lives of the people.
She pointed out that there was a need for more women representation in the National Assembly as well as public offices for the country to move forward.
She said, “You remember that recent United Nations resolution is that for us to achieve optimal development, especially in developing countries, we all need to have at least 60 percent representation of women in our National Assembly.
“I believe that if this can be achieved, we will be able to get it better creating health, wealth, development, progress and taking our country out of the recession it is currently.”
The former commissioner, who noted that her track records and experience stood her out, solicited the support of ADC leaders and members ahead of the primaries and elections.
In his remarks, Osinowo acknowledged the experience and political sagacity of the senatorial aspirant and also commended her resolve to run for public office.
The ADC state chairman said his party has provided opportunity for women, especially, to vie for elective positions because of its belief in their capacity and administrative prowess.
According to him, the opposition party has generously reduced its nomination fees unlike the main political parties in the country driving eligible Nigerians away with outrageous nomination process.
He said, “The ADC is a party in Nigeria today that places premium on women and youths. In our nomination process, youth and women will pay only 50 percent. We don’t want our youths to be not too young to run but also not too poor to run. We don’t want money to be a barrier to our youths. We want to see many of our youths in the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate.
“You see what is happening in other parties. They don’t know what is called democracy, they are practising dictatorship. Before primaries and elections, they have started writing the names of candidates.”
Osinowo, a former presidential adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, said Nigerians will recover their prosperity in 2019 after the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must have been kicked out of power.
He assured that his party, ADC, would provide jobs and employment opportunities for teeming unemployed youths in the country.