- Women and Civil Society groups have canvassed for more women in the leadership of the National Assembly
- The groups have already written a letter to the national chairman of the APC to voice their concerns
- The women groups are drumming up support for the Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Honourable Nkiruka Onyeajocha
A group of concerned citizens under the auspices of a campaign platform called ‘More Women,’ has submitted a letter of support to the chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
The group called on APC leaders to support the expression of interest of two women; Honourable Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and Senator Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, adding that both women have distinguished themselves in the National Assembly and are both vying for the position of Speaker and Deputy Senate president.
According to the group, Onyejeocha (Abia, APC) has acquired a great deal of legislative experience while serving as honourable member representing the Isuikwato/ Umunneochi federal constituency, Abia state in the House of Representatives from 2007 to date.
The group said: “Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is no doubt a ranking member and has recorded landmark achievements, worked tirelessly to advance and institutionalize societal development.
“As a federal lawmaker, her attendance and participation at parliamentary sittings is phenomenal, Hon. Onyejeocha has successfully put together and assisted in the passage of several bills into laws of the federation of Nigeria.
“Moreover, as the current House committee chairman on aviation, Hon. Onyejeocha has consistently supported the transformation agenda of the current administration and has significantly contributed in bringing sanity to the aviation sector that was becoming a source of nightmare to Nigerians and a reproach to the nation at the international community.
“She has served the party dutifully and has held several positions within the NASS including being the chairman of women committee and environment at different times.”
On Senator Tinubu, the group noted that, “Tinubu is very connected to her constituency and holds frequent town hall meetings with the people, a record which distinguishes her from the very many pool of people in NASS who are often disconnected from their constituency.
“She is a regular, vocal and distinguished member of the hallowed chamber who hardly misses any sitting and at different times expressed support for the popular views of the people in the Senate.”
The group, therefore, called on the leadership of the APC and federal lawmakers to consider the duo for the posts they are vying for.
“Taking this step, will not only position APC as a gender friendly party but it will go a long way in placing Nigeria in the comity of nations committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making.
“It will set a precedent for other governments across Africa and increase the gender rating of Nigeria,” the group noted.
Prominent among the groups are Women’s Rights To Education, Women Development and Resources Centre, Emerge Women, Women Radio, Nigeria Women Trust Fund amongst others.
Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena recently called on the party’s leadership to ensure that the zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly reflects the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.
Nabena made the commendation with emphasis on the fact that the president and the vice president are from the north-west and south-west respectively.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16, Nabena warned that if the party does not get it right now, 2023 elections might turn out to be a free fall all in the ruling party.
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