A former Social Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Khadijat Okunnu-Lamidi, has said her attempt to vie for the apex office of the nation came at a cost, as some of her assets were seized.
In an exclusive chat with PUNCH, she said it was a price she had to pay for trying to shake up the status quo.
“I think it is the price you pay for trying to shake up the status quo. But it is nothing I can’t bounce back from. My business is myself and my services. I have services I offer and regardless of the threat of seizure of my assets, it does not really matter. I will build again. I really do not want to expatiate on that but there’s been a price I have paid for stepping out and stepping out of line.
“There has been an embargo on some things I have been doing. But I have decided to work on my business because that is what business does, and you have to be sustainable in everything you are doing. And you cannot depend on government patronage. We are trying to clamour that everyone has equal rights. I don’t have so right to anything. So, I need to move forward.”
Okunnu-Lamidi, the daughter of a Federal Commissioner of Works, was disqualified by her party in June, as she was advised to go for such other positions as the local government chairman, member of the state House of Assembly and of the National Assembly.
She, however, promised to support Prince Adewole Adebayo, who emerged as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
She said, “I didn’t get the party’s ticket but I am supporting the person who won the ticket of my party.”