Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President has advised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to do more for female members seeking elective positions in the 2033 general elections.
The First lady said women in the contest for tickets for elective positions need more than free nomination forms, adding that she does not believe in free gifts.
She asked the party not to use the free nomination form as a means of relegating the female aspirants to the backseat at the end of the day.
Naija News reports that Mrs Buhari made this known on Saturday at a summit for APC female aspirants at the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The first lady called on female aspirants to unite ahead of the forthcoming primaries, promising to show more solidarity with them.
She said: “I stand before you today as a mother, as a leader, as a sister, believing that today’s summit will make a difference in our lives as women and mothers of the nation.
“To the chairman of our party, governors and party executives, I commend your efforts in supporting women over the years.
“However, I would like to draw your attention that it is now time to believe in women more and show more solidarity with them.
“Distinguished guests, it is important to mention the efforts made by our great party towards promoting women’s participation in politics.
“I appreciate and commend the recent party’s gesture in offering free nomination forms to female aspirants.
“Honorable Emma Eneukwu representing the chairman of our great party, I don’t want the party to use the free forms as a means of sidelining women at the end of the day.
“I don’t believe in free gifts. But with Dr Betta there as our leader, I believe the APC will not relegate women to the back seat.”