A U.S.-based woman, Princess Oyenike Oyedele Roberts, has declared her interest to run for the presidency of Nigeria under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s presidential election.
The Osun state born while addressing supporters in New York, she doesn’t need any donation from anyone to support her course as that is where the origin of an elected officer starts from.
She said “ Our political system is driven by money and that’s why we have the kind of leadership. The system should be driven by meritocracy – what you know to do, how to do it and the will to do it.
“That is what should drive people; it’s not how much money you have or how much money you can invest in a person that you can control at the end of the day.
She explained that her aspiration is built on five-cardinal plans: Uninterrupted power supply, quality healthcare for all, creation of one million jobs annually, quality affordable education and security of lives and property.
The presidential aspirant, who tagged her campaign slogan as ‘Hope 2019’, is the Vice Chair of Nigerian-American Public Affairs Committee and the President, Association of African Media Practitioners in the U.S.
She urged Nigerians to trust and believe in her not minding the platform by which she is contesting.
“But I’m seeing a new breed of leaders coming; a change that’s going to cause a shift in how we do politics in Nigeria. We don’t allow meritocracy to rule; we allow money to rule,” she said.
She called for more determination in the fight against corruption so as to secure notable convictions with commensurate consequences through the executive, legislative and Judicial commitments.
The presidential aspirant, in her 50s, promised creating at least one million jobs annually, and a review of the minimum wage to living wage to match current trends as well as a relief package for the extremely poor.
She went further to say she would allocate at least, 15 per cent of the annual budget to education as well as the total overhaul of the system to allow for early instruction in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
She said: “There must be continuous training and certification for teachers and instructors at all levels. The public school infrastructure must be upgraded as a matter of urgency”.
Nike Roberts who attended Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ Secondary School, Lagos(1975-81) before go further to student hotel management at Oxford University. According to her website, www.nikeroberts.org, Nike returned to Nigeria to work in the hospitality industry by developing her own brand of lunch delivery services to corporate clients, and event catering.
She later left for the US where she attended Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.
She then started the first multi-cultural television station in Atlanta area, which showcases the experience of Africans in Diaspora. She also produced and hosted her own talk show.
Nike has degrees in Office Administration & Technology, Information Security, and Technical communications.
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