Former Information Minister, Patricia Akwashiki, has expressed optimism that a female governor would emerge in Nigeria in 2019.
Akwashiki expressed the optimism at the PDP national secretariat on Friday in Abuja.
She spoke with journalists shortly after submission of her nomination and expression of interest forms to seek the party’s governorship ticket in Nasarawa.
The aspirant said that despite the cultural factor affecting females, especially in the northern part of the country, she was poised to break the jinx to be the first female to be governor in Nigeria.
“I agree that it’s been a religious and cultural thing in the North. In 2015, Aisha Alhassan tried it in Taraba and she almost made it.
“I think it is possible that a woman can be a governor of any part of this country.
“I am the first female to go to the Senate, House of Representatives and the first woman to be given a minister.
“So, I think I will break that jinx and still be the first woman to become a governor in Nigeria.
“It’s not impossible. It is more cultural than religious”.
She urged the people not to mortgage their conscience by selling their votes to money bags politicians.
Akwashiki decried Nasarawa State’s over-reliance on the federation account.