- Presidential aspirants who are eyeing President Muhammadu Buhari's seat in 2023 got an indirect message from Florence Ita-Giwa on Wednesday, January 19
- The former senator called on women not to elect any candidate who doe not have a female as running mate
- Ita-Giwa stated that it is time for all Nigerian women to speak for themselves with their votes and take their place in national politics
The message which came as a clarion call was that females in the country should outrightly reject any aspirant who is not ready to make a woman a running mate in the coming election, The Cable reports.
This was the advice of Florence Ita-Giwa, a former senator who spoke during a national progressive women conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19.
Ita-Giwa called advised women to get ready with their structures and PVCs and make sure their choices reflect the desire to see the next generation of female leaders emerge in Nigeria.
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The former federal lawmakers said the current calibre of Nigerian women has what it takes to lead the nation in various capacities if they stand together.
“I have heard here that we should ask them to allow women to be deputy governors. Why should we stop at that.. in this country today and with the calibre of women in this hall even coming from the next generation, intellectuals, and established women?
“I think it’s about time that the women should seriously say that any presidential candidate that is coming out of this country, the women will not vote for him if he does not take a woman as his vice-president. That should be our proposal so that the next generation will be given opportunities. It is about time that we have a female vice-president of this country.”
2023: Pro-Osinbajo women’s groups’ campaign for VP at Abuja venue of APC women’s conference
Meanwhile, as the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Women’s Conference went underway on Tuesday, January 18, women from various parts of the federation arrived at the International Conference Center, Abuja venue, with demands for the actualization of an Osinbajo presidency in 2023.
With an emphatic presence, the women's coalition that included market women, farmers, traders, artisans, and professionals chorused demand for Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo to become the APC presidential candidate in 2023.
They urged the party’s caretaker committee to strictly ensure that delegates to its national convention are not hijacked by those who have participated in looting state or federal resources in the past.