Tinubu, Obi unfold agenda for women, Atiku absent


The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, were on Tuesday absent at the sixth edition of the Voice of Women 2022 Conference and Awards in Abuja.

The event organised by Women Radio 91.7 FM and Voice of Women Empowerment Foundation, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, with the theme, “Towards rebuilding Nigeria: An agenda for an inclusive and accountable Nigeria”, provided an opportunity for presidential candidates or their running mates to explain their plans and commitments to Nigerian women on the 2023 elections.

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was absent, but he was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

Shettima said, “The Asiwaju administration will be a government that will be friendly to women. They are the backbone of our society because they constitute over 50 per cent of our total population.

“If Nigeria will reach its full fullest potential, we must give every person and segment of the population a fair chance to make their best contribution to the well-being and betterment of our nation.

“The growth of our economy and achievement of our nation and destiny rests on equity and the safeguarding of the fundamental rights and decency in our society. This means ending all forms of divisive biases, including gender discrimination.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, promised to support the making of a new law to guarantee the reservation of a specific percentage of all elective and appointive positions for women and youths.

While recalling the contributions made by the women in his cabinet towards his success as governor of Anambra State, he said they were more productive than the men.

He said, “You mothers are the ones that will suffer more if things go wrong. I believe in women and I believe they can save the country.

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