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Meet Funmi Waheed-Adejoko, Sole Female Governorship Aspirant in Ondo


April 1, (THEWILL)- Following the announcement of Oladunni Odu, a former secretary to the Ondo State government who relinquished her ambition to become the first female governor of the sunshine state and her resolve to throw her weight against Senator Jimoh Ibrahim’s governorship ambition, another female has decided to face the daunting task among the sea of men jostling for the ticket. She is Dr Funmi Waheed-Adejoko and she plans to actualise her ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The 40-year-old mechanical engineer has already picked up the N10 million expression of interest form to officially enter the race.

The ruling party pegged the expression of interest form at N10 million, while the nomination form goes for N40 million. However, female aspirants and persons with disabilities are given concession to only procure the expression of interest form while the nomination form is free. Funmi is unintimated by the heavy weights in the race and is hopeful for the outcome in the primary.

Funmi who is a Fellow of the Society of Engineers has denied fronting for the governor or some political godfathers in the state and insists that she paid the N10 million with her hard-earned money. She also said she isn’t in the race to represent or serve the interest of anybody and is only representing herself, the women in the world, especially in Africa.


A business magnate, she is the founder of FunmiAyinke Nigeria limited, one of the leading Engineering companies in Nigeria that has gone to distinguish itself in the area of building construction, towers, roads and engineering surveying, public procurement training, supplies of petroleum products and many others. She is from a royal family. She started out to study medicine but changed to Mechanical Engineering due to the pressure after the death of her father and graduated from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The mother of four is also a philanthropist who has given the majority of her wealth to the less privileged. She founded the FunmiAyinke humanity foundation, which has sponsored over 10,000 students to school and has supported at least 15,000 widows in Nigeria.

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