A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi State, Mrs.m Ann Agom-Eze, at the weekend said she backed out of the Ebonyi South senatorial bye-election to to pave way for the emergence of Prof Anthony Okorie Ani, who emerged as the candidate of the party.
Agom-Eze disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Abakiliki.
She said that she purchased the form to participate in the Ebonyi South senatorial primary election, but decided to back out of the race in the interest of the party.
Agom-Eze however urged the state governor, Francis Nwifuru, to give women the opportunity to represent one of the senatorial zones of the state in the National Assembly, especially in the 2027 general election.
She said, “Power is not given, you go for power because when men gather, they will always say we didn’t give it because there is no woman. And I didn’t want them to say there is no woman. That’s why I have been contesting to represent Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly.
“I may not go today, but it has gone down in history that there is a woman to occupy that position. Women must be encouraged to occupy such political positions. The men shouldn’t be saying that women are waiting to be given power.
“I pray that government will one day support us the way they are supporting the current senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prof Anthony Okorie Ani. You know, I bought form for the third time to fly the ticket of APC for Ebonyi South senatorial bye-election, but along the way, I decided not to go forward with it.”