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2023: A.N. Agbasionwe, Nigerians’ most popular choice of female Vice Presidential Candidate

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

All is now set to ensure a collective decision of Nigerians to endorse a woman as running mate and vice presidential candidate of the winning political party, come 2023, based on global agitations and trends.

The reasons in championing the movements are not farfetched. For decades, womenfolk in Nigeria were believed to have been deprived and marginalized, politically. Today, the story is changing, as women have reasoned collectively that the best time for them to be considered in the mainstream politics is now, especially when it comes to sharing political offices.

Taking a retrospective look at the just-concluded primaries of the major political parties in the country and the caliber of individuals that contested, only one woman in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party attempted to get the presidential ticket, even though she later stepped down along the way for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is currently flag-bearer of the party.

While the controversy on who becomes the running mate(s) of the Presidential candidates rages on, the clamour is, no doubt, in favor of a woman of substance, honour and distinction to be chosen as a running mate, courtney of Chief Dr (Mrs) Augusta Ngozi Agbasionwe.

Born on the 17th of November, 1960, Chief Dr (Mrs) Augusta Ngozi Agbasionwe, who hails from Awkuzu/Nando, in Anambra State, has over the years, dedicated her life to the service of humanity. 

Speaking in a recent interview, Dr Augusta Ngozi said, “I am a native of Awkuzu in Oyi local government area of Anambra State of Nigeria. I am married to Pharmacist Pius Agbasionwe of Nando, in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State, and I have six children. As a Nigerian, I am seeking a position that will enable me to utilize my versatility,” she said.

To keen observers of political happenings in Nigeria, right from the advent of this democratic dispensation, women, who were appointed to serve in political offices, have performed excellently, often times to the admiration or even envy of their male counterparts.

Therefore, it has become imperative to beam searchlights on respectful, acceptable and productive women such as Dr Augusta Ngozi when looking for who can be the running mate and, ultimately, become a Vice President that can perform the expected supporting role to the President. 

With her inequality and exemplary experience, vision and worldly knowledge of things, engendering positive change and development, is generally believed to be a thing of the past, courtesy of Dr Augusta Ngozi, when assumed office as Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dr Augusta, who started the pursuit of education at the St Raphael Primary School, Awkuzu, between 1971-1974, and later proceeded to Girls High School Nnewi (former Maria Regina), got her WASC from 1974-1979.

At the Teachers’ Training College, Ogbunike, she was trained as a qualified teacher and was awarded the Teachers’ Grade 2 Certificate in 1981-1982. Her quest for further education took her to the Anambra College of Education, Awka/Nsugbe, where she got the NCE between 1988 and 1992. Augusta traveled overseas to Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, for the Associate Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, in 1996-1997. 

She also attended the Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and bagged a BA and MS in Education, from1997 to 2000. Dr Augusta Ngozi capped it all at the West Virginia State University where she bagged her PHD Honorary Award, in 2002.

Speaking on her skills and some of her positive impacts on the Nigerian society, Dr Ngozi explained that she is knowledgeable in the field of Customer Relationship Management, Team Building and Leadership, Strategic Planning, Operations and Organizational Effectiveness; Mission Fulfillment, Community Outreach and Advocacy.

Her working experience could be summed up thus: 12 years of Teaching Experience (1982-1994)• Community Primary School Amachi Awkunano, Enugu• Ezechima Primary School, Onitsha• Igwedimma Primary School, Amaobia• Udoka Primary School, Awka Pinac Pharmacy Ltd (1986-1993) • Vice Chairman Assisted in the production of quality drugs and cosmetics such as pinaline, pinaquine, pinadol, and Australinehair activatorPinac Shoe Industry (1984-1998), respectively.

Based on this high profile curriculum vitae and personal data, the call on all the presidential candidates to zero-in and pick two women as their running mates, as a sign of true change is what Nigeria deserves now.

“There can never be a mother in the house and the children go hungry. A mother hen is naturally protective of its chicks. The future of Nigeria is at stake, and the need to include women at top positions cannot be overemphasized,” she said.

Dr Augusta Ngozi stressed that, “Angela Merkel of Germany stabilized the world and so did other women like Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who led her country out of civil war, as well as other strong powerful women. The list goes on continuously till we can find no space to write. Dr Augusta Ngozi should be given the chance to write her name in gold.” 

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