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2023: Women’s groups to present joint presidential candidate

By Jubril Bada

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Leaders of various women’s organizations have vowed to present a credible female presidential candidate capable of winning 2023 presidential election.
They expressed their strong belief that there will be positive change in the predicaments facing the country if a woman is elected as president.
In an interview with The Hope, the Almeera of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Ondo State chapter, Alhaja Aminat Akinpelumi said steps were being taken in enlightening women folk to support a woman presidential candidate.
She explained that the sensitization was to change women perception of politics as a dirty game.
To this end, she disclosed that seven – man committee has been set up saddled with the responsibility to search for a credible woman presidential candidate to slog it out with male counterpart in the polls.
According to her, the committees at the state and the national levels are working assiduously to achieve the tasks before them and give back to the association, the feedback when the time comes.
The committees, she maintained were given target on the choice of the association for a credible candidate with manifesto that will engender effective changes to the plight of Nigerians
Assuring the readiness of women to vote for woman candidate, the group affirmed that woman candidate was preferred to male candidate for the development of the country.
“We respect our husbands but when it comes to the display of our God’s gift, we must decide positively on our own,” she said
Also, the State Chairman, Inter-Africa Committee, IAC, Mrs. Margaret Adebayo, posited that women in the coming general elections would stand their position in encouraging womenfolks to participate actively in politics.
Adebayo said sensitization is ongoing on the need for women to register and collect their voters cards.
She said under representation of women in politics, despite they accounted for 40million out of 84million registered voters nationwide in the previous national elections was a wake up call to ensure women participate in politics.
According to her ” despite Sarah Jubril contested for presidential election in the past and it was effort in futility, women will continue to show their strengths to vie for political posts.
“We will not be debarred by what happened in the previous elections and we must be there”
While citing the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, WTO, and former Minister of Finance in the country, Dr. Nngosi Okonjo-lweala as woman of honour who has made the country proud internationally, Adebayo assured that if woman elected as president will make better changes in Nigeria.

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