Godwin AJOM, Calabar
A former Hausa community women leader in Cross River State, Hajiya Amina Mohammed has defended her desire to occupy a seat in the state house of assembly, even though she is not an indigene of the state.
Amina, 36, who spoke with TNN said having been in Calabar since when she turned eight, said she we was very well in the know about the needs of Calabar South and had all it takes to address the challenges of the people.
She said “issues hindering the area that I want to resolve include insecurity, lack of peace, electricity and sanitation especially in constituency one, Calabar south state constituency.
“I know about all these issues and that is not going to be an obstacle to my representation if I emerge. I know I can conquer these issues. I know all the angles to lay my hands and everything will be settled. In fact, when I emerge, this is the first thing I will do; I will make sure that there is peace in Calabar South, especially in constituency one.
“If I am elected, the major problem in Calabar south is electricity supply; in my own capacity, I will try and introduce solar street lighting in all the wards, I will place them where they are needed. I will work with the community to push it to the executive for the release of good transformers to the area. The other issue is refuse evacuation; places like the University of Calabar and Watt Market axis are flash points. So, I will put my efforts if elected to see that everything in that regard is done as normal as supposed.”
Amina further explained that being the only female candidate and the only Hausa community candidate from Shira Local Government area of Bauchi State, contesting for the position in the entire state, she had an edge against all other male candidates.
“I am the only female candidate that I know running for that particular office; all others are males. The Labour Party, APC, PDP are all males, I don’t have any fears. I know that my party is relatively new in Cross River State but what I know also is that the people are no longer voting for political parties but for individuals, so that is my strength and I believe in it.”