As the 2019 general elections approach, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, Monday met with the All Progressives Congress women leaders from the 36 states of the federation.
The meeting was attended by the wife of the vice president, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; the APC deputy national women leader, Chief Tina Adike; the wife of the governor of Sokoto State, Mrs. Maryam Mairo Tambuwal, among others.
Mrs Buhari called on the APC women leaders to rally members to encourage candidates with capacity for leadership and integrity to contest for elective positions.
A statement by the director of information in the office of the wife of the president, Sulaiman Haruna, said the party’s women leaders were on a courtesy visit to Mrs Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari, according to the statement, lamented low participation of women in decision making in the country and urged them to participate in politics to make it easy to actualize the 35 percent affirmative action.
She described women’s role as an important determinant of development in any administration.
She said the unity exhibited by the women leaders over the years had encouraged her.
“It is this unity that has led you to come up with a forum to speak with one voice” she stated.
She expressed optimism that such unity would endure “at the state level and at the grassroots.”
Mrs Buhari also urged the women leaders to continue to support the activities of the party, saying all the empowerment and medical outreach programmes she undertook through her Future Assured programme were aimed at complementing party’s manifesto and ensuring more inclusion and economic empowerment of women.
On her part, Mrs. Osinbajo commended the unity among the women leaders, urging them to continue to show good examples by managing the affairs of women in their states well.
The APC Women leader in the FCT, Mrs. Hailmary Airport, said they were proud to have Mrs Buhari as the mother of the nation.
She said as mobilizers of women at the grassroots, they were witnesses to the good things she Mrs Buhari was doing on women empowerment.
She expressed optimism that the party would succeed in executing its programmes “and very soon, there will be testimonies from Nigerians”.
She said they had resolved to continue to work together and support” the good work of the ruling party.”