Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has called on women leaders of the APC to rally all women including new members and dissenting voices within the party and unite them into one family in preparation for future elections. She made the call while receiving women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018.
“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 or otherwise of the party at all levels” she said, commending the party’s unique tradition of uniting through dialogue and calling on them to sustain the tempo and eschew fractionalization.
Mrs. Buhari turned on young women and charged them to take over the political space in order to play their part in national development, urging them to vie for offices at the lowest levels as that is where they will make the most impact.
She 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.
Speaking earlier, the National Woman Leader of the APC, Mrs. Salamatu Baiwa 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.