It was unusual move today as Ms Ayisha Osori, a lawyer, moves to APC after winning PDP’s ticket of the House of the Representatives seat in Abuja.
Osori made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen at the APC national secretariat. Before making the said moves, she had emerged winner at the just concluded AMAC/Bwari federal constituency primary in the Federal Capital Territory.
While being presented with the membership card of the APC, she told newsmen that her decision to join the party stemmed from her beliefs in Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, who was her lecturer in the 90s at the University of Lagos.
“I decided to denounce membership after watching the APC conduct its presidential primary in a fair and competitive manner and after seeing the combination of Osinbajo and Buhari, both men of integrity.
“Osinbajo used to teach me at the University of Lagos, Faculty of Law, I believe that is a great combination that would move the country forward and I want to be part of that team,’’ she said.
Adding to that, she also pointed to the APC slogan, which she said, clearly defined what the youths in the country want. Change is enough reason to support the winning platform as she puts it.
Osori also noted that more than 70 percent of Nigerians, were youths who actually wanted real change that “APC represents”.
As to her contributions towards the success of the APC at the general elections, Osori, who is the CEO of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, cited her experiences: “The years of experience I garnered in the private sector as a lawyer and also as writer, first with Thisday and later with Leadership newspapers will be of value to APC.
The APC National Secretary, Mai-Mala Buni, who presented the party membership card to Osori, expressed delight because his party is getting stronger by the day. “Such event will be a continuous thing. Our doors are open. Everybody, who is ready to join the party, is welcome anytime, any day,’’ he said.
Ms. Osori is a graduate of law from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and most recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Administration.
She was called to the Nigerian and New York State bars in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
Osori now runs Nigerian Women Trust Fund in Abuja. On the NGO’s website, she is described as consultant with over 12 years experience in ‘corporate and regulatory practice, change communications and gender advocacy.”
“She has worked in the oil and gas sector, financial services and FMCG sector. Most recently she was the lead consultant and national co-ordinator for the World Bank DFID Gender Dialogue Sessions. She is the founder of Advocates for Change & Social Justice. She currently writes a weekly column for Leadership newspaper called ‘Nigerian Citizen’ where she covers social issues ranging from security and good governance to politics and values.”