Amina Titi Abubakar, the wife of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the Yoruba ethnic group to vote for her husband so that she can become the first Yoruba first lady since 1999.
In a video interview with the BBC, Titi said she wanted to be the next First Lady.
Even though Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba man, became president of Nigeria when the country was restored to democracy in 1999, his wife, the Late Mrs Stella Obasanjo, was an Esan.
After Obasanjo’s presidency ended in 2007, three women not members of the Yoruba ethnic group have served as first lady: Turai Yar’adua, Patience Jonathan, and Aisha Buhari.
Titi, however, urged Yorubas throughout Nigeria to support her husband’s presidential campaign so that she may become first lady.
An online video of her making this plea has gone viral, pleading for Yoruba voters to back her husband in the upcoming presidential election on February 25.
Titi, speaking in Yoruba, stated, “Since the inception of the civilian government in 1999, no Yoruba person has become the first lady of the country. I want to be the first Yoruba woman. This is why I want Yoruba people to support the candidature of Atiku. Atiku’s victory will make me the first lady of the country.”
Titi, a native of Osun State, is a Yoruba woman who has been married to the country’s ex-vice president for half a century.