Lokoja/Kogi By-election: Fatima Allahdey, Haruna Isah Pick APC Nomination Forms

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By Mohammed Yabagi.
As the party primaries for the All Progressives Congress (APC) hold on Tuesday, a woman, Hajiya Fatima Abdulkadir Allahdey has threw her hat into the race, few minutes after Hon Haruna Isah picked his own form.
They picked their nomination forms on Monday at the party’s secretariat in Lokoja.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Hon Haruna Isah promised to give the people the kind of representation they required, and promised to attract developmental projects for the constituency despite the short period he has to serve.
He said; “As the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the hope of the people for development in all ramifications. We will not rest until we convince the people that the party remains the only option for progress and socioeconomic and political emancipation.”
Hon Haruna, who paid tributes to the diceased lawmaker that represented the federal constituency, Hon Umar Buba Jibril for his efforts towards improving people’s lives while alive, expressed his determination to sustain the gains of the late politician by ensuring he delivered on his promises.
He called on supporters of the party and electorate to give him the opportunity to represent them, noting that it was time for progress for the federal constituency, rather than time time for retrogression.
While speaking shortly after collection of the form, Hajiya Fatima expressed her determination towards ensuring she clinched the party’s ticket and ultimately win the position to be the first woman to occupy the position.
Hajiya Fatima said she was not bothered or intimidated by the dominance of the race by men who are candidates in other parties whose primaries have taken place so far, and called on her fellow women to back her aspiration.
In her words; “If the women work together, there is no way they could not give the men good fight and even win the election in its entirety. But it is a pity that we sell ourselves short because of pettiness.
“The men need to give us adequate support in this struggle. I am not in this fight for myself or my family, but for the women and their children. It is time for the men to empower us by allowing us to hold political offices because real change can only be achieved if we are given necessary support and opportunity to serve,” she added.
She also promised to attract notable development projects for the constituency if given the opportunity.

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