MRS. Folorunsho Alakija, one of Nigeria’s richest business women has denied interest in contesting for governorship of Lagos State in 2015.
The woman in a response to ENCOMIUM Weekly’s text message has this to say: “Please, refer to my rebuttal on my website and other blogs. I know nothing about it, please. I am a businesswoman, philanthropist and minister of God’s word. I am not in politics. God directed me into all these and He has not directed me into politics.”
The rumour of Mrs. Alakija’s interest in the governorship of Lagos State in 2015 became rife last week when her posters were sighted in some areas – Ikorodu (her place of birth) and Ikeja, Lagos.
Following this, some national newspapers published the story on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
But rather than calling the publishers or editors of the newspapers that published the story, she resorted to her website and some blogs to deny it.
This is what she wrote on her website: “It has come to my notice that there are posters and fliers being circulated in Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos state announcing me as a governorship aspirant.
“This is not true and I hereby confirm that I have no such intention. Therefore, I disassociate myself from any person or group of persons, posters or fliers in circulation about me contesting for governorship.
“I have been paying attention to my calling from God to look after widows and orphans through the Rose of Sharon Foundation and I am also in service most importantly to God’s work as a minister of His Word through His Ministry committed to us as the Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry International.
“God has not called me into politics and I have never been involved in politics.
“Please, ignore whatever you may have read purportedly portraying me as governorship aspirant.
– Folorunsho Alakija (Mrs.)”
Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija is a businesswoman. She was born in 1951, in Ikorodu, Lagos. She became popular through her fashion business, Supreme Stitches. She later moved into printing and oil business through Digital Reality Prints Limited and Famfa Oil Limited respectively.
Mrs. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth between $600 million and $7.3 billion.
– TOLANI ABATTI