The wife of the President Her Excellency Aisha Buhari has asked politicians to operate within the guidelines of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Buhari was speaking whilst receiving a delegation of female politicians who paid her a courtesy call led by the newly elected National Women leader of All Progressive Congress Hajia Salamatu Baiwa Umar-Eluma in Abuja today.
Mrs Buhari congratulated the women leader on her success and appealed to her that those who lost the election should be carried along in the scheme of things so as to present a strong united front as the elections draw nearer.
Aisha Buhari asked the female politicians to sustain the tempo and continue to support the government whilst not forgetting to make sure the 35% affirmative action for women is implemented, she also asked that nepotism be rejected in his totality.
She further used the opportunity to urge more women to join politics and take over as many political offices as possible stating that women make the larger part of voters and as such determine the outcome of elections
Earlier the newly elected women leader had pledged that there would be an all-inclusive platform with the tag no “woman left behind” this would involve gender advocacy, training and workshops to enlighten women on their roles in democracy, influencing legislations in favour of women’s rights, apart from setting up a sustainable agenda that would create an enabling a friendly environment for the advancement and empowerment of women and encouraging and supporting the active participation of all stakeholders in issues that have direct bearing on women.
Southwest women leader Mrs Kemi Nelson who spoke on behalf of women leaders in the zone reassured Her Excellency that they would work to support the new women leader.
Highlights of the meeting was the introduction of some young female politicians to the President’s wife, led by an aspirant Zainab Marwa, who assured her of the loyalty and ability of the young women to join hands to move the party forward and the decoration of Mrs Marwa with the new APC Aso Oke and Ankara print by Hajia Salamatu Baiwa Umar-Eluma.