National Women’s Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Betta Edu, said she was passionate about ensuring that women aspiring to party positions become elected candidates.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Friday, Dr Edu said some of the issues women face ahead of primaries is that some stakeholders across states have told women they should quit because they are unable to win elections because of their gender.
“Different things are being said, which is completely unacceptable,” she said.
The APC national leader called on party stakeholders across the country to stand up for women. She said that the National Working Committee and the Women’s Wing, in December 2022, will give an award of merit, to celebrate the governors and the main stakeholders of the party, who are really him/her.
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“The award will be based on merit. We will look at how many women have been supported to go to the Senate, how many women from your state are in the House of Representatives? how many women have you helped get to the House of Assembly? How many women hold political positions and are empowered to help others? We would clearly like to sing loud and clear the praises of Governors and key stakeholders who care about and support Nigerian women. We will do this in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs,” said the APC National Women’s Officer.
Dr Edu noted that the APC NWC has endorsed women to be given nomination forms free of charge, and beyond that, the Chairman, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, insisted that women be included in all delegate elections. taking place across the country in accordance with the Constitution.
She said that according to the party constitution, one of the three national delegates and two of the five local and state government delegates should be women. She said these were party guidelines, which is in line with the party constitution.