- Hajia Aisha Buhari has urged the APC to put women in vital offices within the party ahead of the 2023 polls
- The Nigerian First Lady gave the charge to the ruling party at a conference hosted by the party's women wing
- Hajia Buhari has for so long, been at the forefront of canvassing for more roles to be given to women in the APC
FCT, Abuja - Nigeria's First Lady Hajia Aisha Buhari has stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must go beyond paying lip service to put women in vital offices within the party and the government ahead of the 2023 general elections.
She made the statement at the first-ever National Progressive Women’s Conference in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja attended by a Legit.ng reporter.
“This is the first time the national women conference of the APC is being held to establish our commitment to setting the position of women in matters of national importance, especially in increasing the visibility of women, positioning women for future political offices, and encouraging them to aspire more towards the progress of our great party.
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“Since 2015, I’ve had the privilege of engaging Nigerian women across the entire country, my conviction is that Nigeria’s future is entirely dependent on actually using the potential of our women.
“It is no mere coincidence that parties that have grown strong, prosperous, and influential have prioritized women’s participation in national building.
“I, therefore, wish to call upon the APC to double its efforts in promoting women; this, I believe, will serve as one of the objectives of this conference.
“As Nigeria races towards another election, we must go beyond paying lip service to put women in vital offices within our party and the government. We must put in place workable strategies to ensure that this actually happens, charity begins at home.
“And so the APC must start by ensuring that women occupying strategic offices within the party have the most strategic roles in government. When this happens, it will become a lot easier for us to empower Nigerian women for the much-needed leadership politically and economically.
“There is no doubt that the future indeed looks bright as APC continues to lead our country. Women who have long been ignored and denied opportunities are now finding their voices gradually. This is a good omen for Nigeria because when women shine, society shines.”
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that as the 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 includes 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.
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Osinbajo who is yet to declare interest in the 2023 presidential contest has a lot of supporters on social media.
Many of those who are rooting and urging the VP to throw his hat in the ring have now dominated the social media space, projecting his achievements and strength of character, which according to them, stood him out among other would-be contenders.