Group under the aegis of Women Mobilisation Hope 23, Yahaya Bello Campaign Organisation, has solicited support for the AIl Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants in the forthcoming presidential race, Yahaya Bello.
Director of the group, Zara Gift Onyinye who made the appeal when the group paid a congratulatory visit on the newly elected Women Leader of the APC said a candidate who supports a woman will definitely stand the chance of winning the presidential election, as according to them, women form the highest number of voters in Nigeria.
They said the only aspirant that has their votes and support is the one that has the interest of women at heart, adding that Yahaya Bello, while creating enabling environment for women in the state, he also gave them that opportunity to sell themselves.
“We are here to first congratulate our woman leader for her new office and also to solicit for support for our candidates who is also an APC aspirants in the coming presidential race. Of course the chances are huge.
They’re just like we’ve been saying and we’ve numerated earlier on, a candidate who supports a woman will definitely stand the chance of winning this election because women form the highest number of voters and across Nigeria and they also know that if they support that person, that person who has shown that he has the women in his heart, he has love for women, he creates enabling environment for women, he gave them that opportunity to sell and that person is Yahaya Bello and all the women have shown that he have indicated interest as the person who supported them, that same person they’re going to support and so that stands him out of all the aspirants going for this election”.
“The other one isfor the youth. Yahaya Bello is a youth, as we all know, and if you check all his appointees in Kogi state, I can say that 95% of them are all youth of Nigeria, and I know they will support him”.
On her part, the Kogi State Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr. Flashade Arike noted that since 2016 to date, she has been in the position of the SSG as a woman, according to her, the head of service in the State has also been a woman, as His Excellency Yahaya Bello directed her to put women as Director Generals in the Pioneer Pension Commission in the State.
“We are here to say congratulations on your new office and also to assure you that you have the support of all the women in the Yahaya Bello support group.
“I need to just let you know of the fact that Yahaya Bello loves women, he gives us a place of honour. In Kogi state as we stand from 2016 to date, I have been the SSG a woman. Not just that, the head of service has been a woman. We have a pioneer pension commission, His Excellency say let me put a woman, DG. All.
“All the 21 local government areas all the vice chairman are women. We have six institutions, three of them (leaders) are women
I need to let you know that His Excellency loves to put women in places of honour. He likes to give us relevance”. She noted.
Responding, National Women Leader of the APC, Beta Edu, while advising the group to embark on sensitization campaign on Continuous Voter Registration, she noted that the APC will not give its tickets to a presidential candidate who will not favour women.
“But one thing is certain APC will not give its tickets to a presidential candidate who will not favour women. We know our President and all the glass ceilings he has broken. You know our party chairman and all the glass ceilings he has broken for women; giving us free forms.
Before that decision is made, something requires time that we must do immediately. If indeed you are supporting a candidate in APC, you are supporting Governor Yahaya Bello, you must go out now and begin the door to door mobilisation for registration. Go door to door and begin the campaign for voter registration.
You can hear her (SSG), working with her Governor she was able to ensure that women were made Directors-General, heads of parastatals and they made a difference. We want to thank you all for your support to the governor. He is a great man”. She said.
“There is one very beautiful thing I love about APC. The aspirants that are coming out for the presidential tickets in APC are not in any way. even close to average. They are high above and are far above board. I have not seen one that is not good.
“Now as a party, our party will come together under the leadership of the President, Muhamadu Buhari and of course the national chairman and other leadership structures of our party to decide on whom will be the candidates of our dear party.
The APC women’s wing will be coming on out, will be going to states to mobilise women to go and register remember. If they don’t have their voters card our work is useless even if they give any of our aspirants the tickets it will not amount to (victory). So we must take our time now door door”.
“Let us pray for our leaders. Let’s pray for our country. Let’s pray that the best leader will emerge victorious in our next convention. That’s where we can go with our full shoulders to the polls”.
Governor Yahaya Bello is one of the governors who declared for president come 2022