Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has charged Nigerian women to take charge of the party’s presidential campaign by providing leadership and delivering votes at the 2023 presidential election.
The former Nigerian vice president, who stated this while speaking at the launch of the PDP Women Presidential Campaign Council at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that nobody needs to tell him the importance of women in the political process as women have the largest voting bloc in Nigeria.
“Women are less corrupt. So, I am challenging you to provide that leadership by giving your 100 percent at the general election next year. I charge you to display the unique attribute that God has endowed in you so we can succeed. If you want to be relevant, deliver your unit, and I believe you can.
“I call on you Nigerian women to come out, campaign and vote and ensure those votes are counted and protected.
He added that women are the most loyal party members, “which is why we are supporting women to participate in our democratic process.”
“When I was VP, I visited a country called Sweden, where I was to have a meeting with their government. It was headed by women. Their minister for finance was a woman, and their education minister was a woman. By the time I looked at my delegation and that of Sweden, I found out mine was full of men. I then committed myself that as long as I remained in politics, I would promote women.
“And between 1999 and 2007, we complied with the Beijing arrangement. Our main objective in setting up this campaign is to ensure your active participation, and by doing so, we will identify those with active talent and harness them to build this country.
On her part, the national woman leader of the party, Prof. Stella Attoe, noted that the PDP women would be the bedrock of mobilisation and campaigning for the party.
“Our strategy is top-notch, and we will gather all the votes from every home, unit, ward, and local government to ensure the victory of Atiku.
“We know where the votes are, and we will mobilise them to vote for our party. Nigerians cannot wait to have you restore their hopes, and I believe this is the best time for Nigerians to have a leader like you.
“Women are ready to run this race for you as we hit the grassroots as we rigorously campaign for you,” she stressed.
Senator Iyiocha Ayu, the party’s national chairman, also spoke, saying that when the party’s presidential candidate was vice president, he head-hunted most of the women in that government.