THISDAY Style - - CONTENT - Konye NWABOGOR re­ports

Not de­terred by what is up against her in the slip­pery slope of pol­i­tics, Elishama Ideh has en­tered the arena to run for the Pres­i­den­tial ticket. Her bound­less en­ergy, ra­zor-sharp in­tel­li­gence, and au­dac­ity in the face of for­mi­da­ble odds is her strength, not to men­tion her un­flinch­ing fo­cus and love for her coun­try. Elishama’s goal and de­sire is to spread hope among Nige­ri­ans. It is for these rea­sons she has de­cided to take the bull by the horn and run for the Pres­i­den­tial ticket of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria come 2019! When l was first ap­proached to fea­ture our cover sub­ject this week, my ini­tial thought was to be dis­mis­sive when l heard what she was vy­ing for: Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria. I re­mem­bered the first woman that tried so be­fore her and how she has be­come a dis­tant me­mory now. I won­dered what gave her the courage to even har­bour such thought and saw the whole ven­ture as a waste of time re­ally. Not be­cause she wasn’t de­serv­ing to run but be­cause one had be­come jaded with ex­pec­tions and as such did not take the ven­ture too se­ri­ously be­cause it just keeps get­ting jug­gled be­tween the same old play­ers. But then again, l thought to my­self, why not if not? At least she will get her voice heard. She will en­ter the bat­tle­field and give it her best shot. More im­por­tantly, she is do­ing some­thing about her wor­ries, dis­ap­point­ments of what is left of a coun­try she loves no more than any of us. So in­stead of rul­ing her off, l felt priv­i­leged to give her a voice a plat­form. Many of us sit in our com­fort zones and com­plain tire­lessly but how many of us are ready to go to the bat­tle­field and fight? How many of us are ready to put in the end­less hours of labour, sweat and tears to fight to re­cap­ture what we once had as a na­tion? To pro­vide a bet­ter to­mor­row for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion? What makes Elishama Ideh’s case even more in­trigu­ing is her gen­der. Not to draw at­ten­tion to what should not even play a role in or­der of im­por­tance in the first place, we ad­mire her courage to en­ter a ter­rain that does not par­tic­u­larly favour women. She has taken the plunge and is stand­ing her ground solidly against all odds. She re­lies not on po­lit­i­cal god­fa­thers and is un­de­terred by the var­i­ous ob­sta­cles that come in such cam­paigns. The least we can do, first as Nige­rian cit­i­zens, then as women, is to en­cour­age her. Let us all go out and vote for the per­son of our choice... whether man or woman. Let us fight harder to pre­pare a bet­ter Nige­ria for our chil­dren. It is not enough to watch de­bates on TV. Not enough to ar­gue at beer par­lors. Not enough to ar­gue over din­ner. Do. Some­thing. Get your PVC. Go. Out. Fash­ion Di­rec­tor/ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor And Vote!

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