Aisha Buhari urges female politicians to prepare for elections

Timothy Choji, Abuja


Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has called on women leaders of the All Progressives Congress APC to rally all women, including new members and unite them into one family in preparation for future elections.

Mrs Buhari made the call while receiving women leaders of the APC on Tuesday, at the State House, Abuja.

“Women make up the larger part of voters, as such they determine the outcome of any elections, women must therefore take responsibility of the success of the party at all levels,” she said.

Mrs Buhari commended the party’s unique tradition of uniting through dialogue, calling on them to sustain the tempo and eschew fractionalisation.

Taking over political space
She challenged young women to take over the political space and play their part in national development. She urged them to vie for offices at the lowest levels as that is where they would make the most impact.

Mrs Buhari also used the opportunity to call on the party to operate within the guidelines of the constitution and implement the 35% affirmative action in order to improve women participation in governance.

The National Woman Leader of the APC, Mrs. Salamatu Umar-Eluma spoke of the unwavering support of the executives to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and his change agenda, promising to birth a network of collaborators which is strongly grassrooted, and women-inclined.

She promised to initiate and sustain programmes for the advancement and empowerment of women and to mobilize them for political participation. She also promised to promote legislation in favour of women’s rights.

Mrs. Baiwa also spoke of the plan of the executive to set up a framework to tackle all issues bordering on the political and socio-economic development of the Nigerian woman.

The delegation was made up of national, zonal and state women leaders as well as some female aspirants.

Highlight of the event was the decoration of Mrs. Buhari in the colours of the APC.