Nigerian Kemi Badenoch Expresses Interest in Becoming the Next Prime Minister of Great Britain
Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch, a British lawmaker of Nigerian descent, has declared her interest in running for prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
When she spoke to The Times on Friday, the 42-year-old Badenoch made her revelation known to the public.
Boris Johnson announced his departure on Thursday, according to Switch Nigeria, leaving the top spot open.
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who entered the race on Friday, is one of the well-known candidates, according to the BBC.
However, a source has told the BBC there was “real disappointment” with him in Downing Street. Many see him as being disloyal to the outgoing Johnson, whom many believe was the one who made him.
Badenoch who in her talk with the Times said she will run a limited government and also “tell the truth,” is joined by Attorney General Suella Braverman and Senior Conservative backbencher Tom Tugendhat, in indicating interest in becoming the PM.
Meanwhile, others tipped to be considering joining the race include former health secretary Sajid Javid, current Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.
A timetable for the Tory leadership race is due to be confirmed next week and the new prime minister is expected to be in position by September.
Johnson had said on Thursday that he will remain in office until the new Prime Minister is elected.