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The Obazes at a media encounter: I won’t be a first lady – Dr. Ofunne Omo Obaze

Dr. Ofunne Omo Obaze, the wife of a leading People’s Democratic Party, PDP’s, gubernatorial aspirant in the November 18 election in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, has said she will not accept the title of a first lady, if her husband gets elected.
Dr. Obaze, a physician, stated this in Awka when she interacted with the press. Speaking, she said she had no issues with the title of the first lady, but would not adopt that title since as the governors’s spouse she is not elected. She disclosed that she intends to continue with her profession as a medical doctor, but will effectively carry out other duties as may be required of the wife of the governor.

The Assistant Clinical Professor of Paediatrics said she is prepared to do everything within her powers to elevate and complement her husband, in her role as the wife of the governor. According to her, Anambra needs to bring on board an experienced public policy expert with a doting family and an understanding and supportive wife. She said Ndi Anambra deserves a governor whose wife understands her role as a wife and mother, who will serve as an advocate for the poor and who has the requisite capacity to advise candidly without being meddlesome.

She said, the supportive role of the wife of the governor requires a person who has a full grasp of the need for decorum and being beyond reproach, more so in the “other room”, where Statecraft gains impetus from deeply reflective and unvarnished counsel.

A certified pediatrician with thirty-three years of progressive post-graduation practice and experience, Dr. Obaze has spent all her life caring for the needy, especially younger ones who she comes across in droves on a daily basis. Her line of duty has exposed her to the basic rudiments of family care, and society building through human capacity development.

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.

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