By Emmanuel Adeleke
A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibinabo Joy Dokubo, has indicated her interest to run for the office of president in 2023.
She is the first female presidential aspirant in the ruling party.
Speaking at her declaration ceremony in Abuja on Wednesday, Dokubo said she would improve on the achievements made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The aspirant said security, education and agriculture are the areas she would focus on if elected president of the country.
“I stand before this great gathering to declare my intention to run for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) come 2023.
“As we can see, for the past seven years, our great party has performed tremendously well in all the sectors but the constant insecurity that has been witnessed in all parts of the country especially in the North East and North Central has made Nigerians not to see our overwhelming achievements.
“Look at the overwhelming infrastructural developments in roads, railway sector, just to mention but a few. In today’s Nigeria, there is no state in the country that is not witnessing road construction under our great party, the APC.
“I will build on the infrastructural development being witnessed by my party, the APC. I will ensure that once these roads are constructed they are regularly maintained to avoid total collapse. Also, as regards the rail construction, I will make sure we link up the rail lines to all the six geo-political zones to reduce the burden of moving heavy trucks by the roads instead of the rail.
“As a true Bakana, Kalabari, Rivers and Ijaw girl, I will connect the riverine areas to the city,” she said.
The aspirant said she plans on establishing “Neighbourhood Watch” as a means of tackling the security challenges confronting the country.
“I will make Nigerians realise that if given the mandate, other measures that I want to put on ground to ensure that lives and property are secured will not be disclosed elaborately here because of security reasons.
“I will give education priority by making it free for all, including the less privileged,” Dokubo added.