Borno’s Only Female House of Reps Candidate In Opposition Getting More Popular In Rural Areas
By Abdulkareem Haruna
Aishatu Adamu Abdullahi, a well-known humanitarian worker and House of Representative candidate in the coming 2023 general election, is leaving no stone unturned in her quest to represent her people at the National Assembly.
Mrs. Abdullahi is the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for the House of Representatives seeking to occupy the Chibok, Damboa Gwoza federal constituency of Borno state.
The philanthropist and humanitarian worker is the daughter of the late Audu Sankara of Izge and the granddaughter of Lawan Hamadina of Gwoza.
Mrs. Aishatu Abdullahi is the only female politician from the opposition that has come out with a total commitment to challenge the candidate of the ruling APC.
Dissatisfied with the way elected officials in Borno state “are handling the affairs of the people living in displacement,” the young politician, who has seen it all while working in the humanitarian sector, said she joined the race to rescue her people from the years of sufferings.
She is the second female politician in Borno state, after Rep Zainab Gimba of the APC, that will appear on the ballot as a candidate for the Federal House of Reps.
Unperturbed by the fact that she would be slugging it out with a strong candidate for the APC, Aisha said she hoped to emerge victorious as she earns the people’s love to win.
She hopes to champion the cause of women and children even when voted for.
“As a person coming from the front-line state of Borno, my core interest shall be legislating laws that will give special consideration for women and children affected by armed conflict,” she said.
The school teacher turned humanitarian worker and now politician, Aisha, said she would commit her time at the lower house of the National Assembly to strengthening extant laws that guarantee free and compulsory education for women and children.
“I’ve told my people that I will do everything to see that I bring support to them in the area of agriculture and animal breeding because that is their mainstay,” she said.
“I come from a humble background, and I hope to use my private time to ensure that our people are lifted out of extreme poverty and illiteracy. Those too old to return to school shall undergo skills acquisition training to enable them to start their chosen businesses. This promise cannot be difficult to fulfill because I have spent most of my adult life providing care and support for the vulnerable group through my non-profit community-based organization.”
She said she chose SDP as her political party because “it is the only party left in Nigeria that is genuinely democratic and progressive.”