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Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze, an influential member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State, announced her withdrawal from the Ebonyi South senatorial bye-election, citing her support for the emergence of Prof Anthony Okorie Ani.
This move was aimed at facilitating Ani’s successful candidacy within the party.
Emphasizing her party-centric stance, she stated that, although she had acquired the form for the Ebonyi South senatorial primary election, she ultimately decided to step back from the race.
Agom-Eze disclosed this detail while engaging with journalists in Abakiliki.
Agom-Eze, in her withdrawal, called upon Governor Francis Nwifuru to grant women the chance to represent one of the senatorial zones in the National Assembly, especially in the approaching 2027 general election.
She said, ‘Power is not given, you go for power because when men gather, they will always say we didn’t give it because there is no woman. And I didn’t want them to say there is no woman. That’s why I have been contesting to represent Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly.’
‘I may not go today, but it has gone down in history that there is a woman to occupy that position. Women must be encouraged to occupy such political positions. The men shouldn’t be saying that women are waiting to be given power.’
‘I pray that government will one day support us the way they are supporting the current senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prof Anthony Okorie Ani. You know, I bought form for the third time to fly the ticket of APC for Ebonyi South senatorial bye-election, but along the way, I decided not to go forward with it.’