By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
As the 2019 general elections draws nearer, there are strong indications that more women would contest for elective positions in the country.
This optimistic view was stated by Hajiya Sa’adatu Mahmuda, who is the women leader of the Bauchi State All Progressives Congress (APC). She is optimistic that, more Women would come out to contest for elective positions in Nigeria come 2019, in order to contribute more to the socio-economic development of the country.
The leader of the APC women stated this yesterday in Bauchi, while enlightened some women groups about the importance of acquiring voters card.
"All eligible voters will not have right to vote if they don’t get their voters card, even those that already have their permanent voters card should please check and make sure it is available, and where it is not available you can go to the electoral body’s officials and report before they conclude the ongoing registration exercise of voters,” she advised.
Mahmuda, said further that Women, who were married from other areas to their present home address where their husbands resides should also inform the electoral body’s officials so that, they will transfer them to the nearest polling stations where they live.
She said, more women are coming out to contest for elective position in all parts of the country.
"In 2019, more women will contest because our party, APC gives women more opportunities to contribute to the nation’s building. When you observe today, more women are in active politics but, our number in electoral position is not enough, especially, in northern Nigeria, where we have only one female Senator, Senator Binta Masi. In other parts of the country there are more female Senators across the geo political zones", Hajiya Mahmuda observed.
She said, "with the encouragement we have been receiving from the Wife of President, Hajiya Aishatu Buhari and Wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, who is the Chairperson of the Northern Governors Wives, we have high expectations that more women will contest".
The women leader, who stressed that the political ambitions of women was not aimed at competing with men, however, acknowledged that men are fathers.
"They are our fathers and husbands, we respect them and remember it is in their own wisdom that they even allow us to participate in active politics,” She stated.
She added that it is because of that that they even appointed them in various positions of authority.
She said, "like in Bauchi State our Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, appointed three Women as Commissioners, look at the number of Women at the Federal Executive Council, this goes to show you that our leaders always encouraged us, they allowed us to hold different offices at our Party level, the APC and by the grace of God they will graciously open more space for women and allow us to contest for more elective position in 2019.
"We still crave for more support from them, we are not contesting against them and we have high hope that they will allow us generously to contribute our quota for nation building”. She urged.
Mahmuda said, "though it’s not time for politicking but, I assure you that APC will come out of all its challenges and elect credible candidates that will win elections in 2019 considering the numerous achievements recorded in the country by the ruling party.
While expressing optimism that all the challenges been faced by the APC will soon be surmounted, the Bauchi APC women leader the challenges are all part of democracy.
She pointed out that, "we will unite ourselves as one family, remember that we were not together before, we came from different family and united ourselves in the interest of the country, we will still burry our differences in the interest of the country and we will not let Nigerians down”.