Hajiya Fatima Abubakar, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for governor of Borno, says she is optimistic about winning the March 11 gubernatorial election given recent developments.
Abubakar, the only female candidate for the election, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Wednesday that she has launched a door-to-door campaign to reach voters in the state.
She said she was gaining more support and popularity from voters, and said she was almost certain she would win the poll.
“I am becoming more and more popular with more supporters, especially women who believe in my ability to bring more and better transformation to the lives of women and youth in Borno.
“I would urge the women and youth we reach out to spread the message to others about the need to try the few female candidates in this contest for positive change,” Abubakar said.
She debunked speculation that she dropped out of the race because her campaign posters and billboards were not visible like others, adding that there was still time for such campaigns and rallies.
“We are also preparing for the rallies,” said Abubakar.
While pushing for a peaceful and theme-based campaign, she urged other candidates to play the game by the rules and respect the voters’ decision with the spirit of sportsmanship.
“We should work for a better Borno, not for selfish interests and we should respect the choice of the people in good faith,” she said.
NAN reports that only 16 female candidates are running for various positions out of more than 280 candidates contesting the 2023 general election in Borno.
Abubakar will battle it out with 11 other candidates in the March 11 gubernatorial poll. (NAN)
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