A presidential aspirant under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Khadija Okunnu-Lamidi has been disqualified from the 2023 Presidential contest.

Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi who sought for Office of Presidency, saying, “Nigeria needed a woman’s touch,” could not make the list of recommended aspirants as screened by Professor Tunde Adeniran-led panel.

“She exudes confidence, high communication skills, pleasant personality, charisma, and enthusiasm, but she is, however, limited by experience.

“She is not presidential material in Nigeria context. She is advised to go down to other positions. If the party wins the presidency, she has demonstrated potential to hold any cabinet office,” SDP wrote in its recommendation.

Khadija Okunnu-Lamidi was subsequently advised and encouraged to go for such other positions as the local government chairman, member of the state House of Assembly and of the National Assembly.

Newsbreak.ng reports that the party’s primary is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, June 8 at International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Those screened were Khadijat Okunnu-Lamidi, Prince Adewole Adebayo and Cesnabmihilo Dorathy.

Until her disqualification, the daughter of a Federal Commissioner of Works was among four aspirants competing to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential elections.

A 2011 graduate, Okunnu-Lamidi, according to her party, was disqualified because she lacked the needed experience for such an exalted position, even as the party acknowledged her potential to hold cabinet office if the party wins the 2023 presidential elections.

The panel headed by Adeniran, a former Minister of Education, had Mr Femi Melefa as Secretary, and Senator Mohammed Alkali as Vice Chairman. Other members included Hajia Saadatu Abubakar, Ibrahim Modibbo, and Mohammed Ibrahim Biu among others.


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