The Kogi State Governor, Yayaha Bello and November Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has revealed that 55 percent of women that cast their ballots for President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 general elections were the handiwork of the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu.
The governor made this assertion during a grand reception organised by the First Lady of Kogi State, Rashida Yahaya Bello, in honour of FCT Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, at the Government House in Lokoja, the State capital.
The governor also described the Minister as a bridge builder and skillful ‘mobiliser’ that deserves honour both at home and national level.
He stated that her ministerial appointment was not a surprise to many supporters of the APC within and outside Kogi State.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Shade Ayoade, maintained that, ”the Minister has strengthened the place of women in the party’s dynamics and used it as a platform to effectively market the party’s programmes as it relates to women empowerment and development”.
Poverty alleviation programmes
Bello also applauded the poverty alleviation programmes initiated by the Minister in rural communities.
He noted that she used her platform to strengthen marginalised communities by placing emphasis on poverty alleviation programmes that would reduce poverty.
“A woman of relentless vigour, she initiated a grassroot women mobilisation machinery with a penetrating door-to-door campaign in private homes in the six-geo political zones of the country as a strategic effort to market unique selling points of the APC presidential flag bearer and his running mate.
“To complement the gains of her insight, Dr Ramatu mounted a vigorous outreach programme with market women right inside their respective stalls and trade posts in virtually all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
“An avowed crusader, she visited homes of notable leaders of various ethnic tribal associations in strategic parts of the country from Sokoto through Ile-Ife to Uyo, extolling the virtues of President Buhari’s antecedents as a bridge builder with consummate passion for a new Nigeria of equal opportunity for all, especially the women.
“It is therefore not surprising that over 55% of the electorate, who elected President Buhari, were women. A most telling endorsement of her tireless efforts in the emergence of Nigeria’s 4th elected president,” Bello stressed.
The Minister thanked the government and people of the State for the warm reception accorded her, just as she promised to be a crusader by serving the people of Kogi as their servant.
According to her, “Today is indeed a very memorable day I will never forget in a hurry. Perhaps not in my entire life because I got celebrated by those who matter to me most. Those that have seen me grow and seen me through my political struggles.
“I have nothing to say than to say thank you to them especially our mother, the wife of Kogi State Governor who put this night together.”
The dinner night was attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, chairmen of the six Area Councils in FCT, Directors and Heads of Departments and Agencies of the FCT Administration.