- Imo state is currently witnessing a wind of change regarding women in politics
- Adanne Chidinma Uwajumogu represents a new breed of female politicians putting their popularity to test and succeeding at it
- Her quest to represent Imo North Senatorial District is still alive and she says there is no stopping her
Adanne Chidinma Uwajumogu, an experienced entrepreneur, seasoned politician and philanthropist is angling to represent Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The seat was previously held by Adanne's brother, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu who passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 51.
The APC primary election held in the senatorial district produced Frank Ibezim as the party's aspirant.
But, Adanne says the exercise was marred with irregularities, expressing optimism that she will get justice in the court of law, which she has since approached to seek redress.
Already, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed all bye-elections scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 31, in 11 states including Imo, due to violence that rocked several parts of the country last month.
Adanne, in a tweet, expressed hope that the postponement will give her time to reclaim her mandate in court.
A Master’s graduate in political science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, as well as an Honors BA in History and an Honors LLB from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K., Uwajumogu, is regarded as a diverse strategic thinker with exceptional problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
She previously served as the deputy chairman of the committee on citizenship, immigration, and other related matters at the 2014 National Conference, Nigeria.
Before joining APC, during the formative stage of the party, Adanne operated at the highest level of politics including being the national coordinator, Women For Change Initiative, a pet project of Dame Patience Jonathan that rallied and empowered women across the country.
She is a mother of 5 and her supporters describe her as a woman committed to developmental progress.
One of them wrote in a piece eulogizing her:
“She has shown the added value of mentoring women and youth as her passion for Nigerians grows stronger.
“She strives in building a legacy and shows strength in character in every endeavor she pursues.”
Her supporters say Senator Benjamin's death informed the need for family replacement in order to protect his legacies, as well as, actualise his dreams for the people of Imo North senatorial district and the APC.
As Nigerians await the new date for the re-run polls, Adanne would be hoping to get ample time to reclaim her mandate before a new date is announced by the electoral commission.
Recall that Legit.ng had announced the passing away of Senator Benjamin after confirming the news from multiple sources close to the late lawmaker.
Benjamin, a former Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly and ranking senator in the upper chamber, was in his second stint in the Senate.
His last outing in the Senate was on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 when he raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member on his reinstatement into the Nigerian Army.
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