The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen has reacted to the restoration of Aisha Binani as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State.
It would be recalled that the Appeal Court in Yola on Thursday, affirmed Aishatu Binani as the governorship flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state.
The Appellate Court judgement follows an earlier ruling by the High Court which nullified the primaries that produced Binani as the APC candidate for the 2023 governorship contest in the state.
But the Appeal Court threw out the ruling of the High Court and restored Binani’s candidacy.
Reacting, Tallen in a statement issued a few hours after the court pronouncement, said Binani’s victory is a victory for all women.
She expressed confidence in the leadership abilities and capabilities of the APC candidate and called for more support for women in politics.
She also promised to mobilize support for Binani to emerge as the Adamawa State Governor after the 2023 polls.
The Minister said: “I, therefore, see the Federal Appeal Court judgement of today as particularly appealing and is sure to be hailed by all women across the nation, especially, for the Court’s directive for the immediate recognition of Aishatu Binani as the APC Governorship candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I say with all emphasis that this is the beginning of good things to happen to women across the Nation.
“I can also boldly add that Nigerian women are indebted to the trio of Justices of the Federal Court of Appeal, Yola, in Justices T.Y. Hassan (Presiding) and Judges M.O. Bolaji as well as J.G. Abundagam.
“On behalf of all Nigerian women, I call on other men who will not want to accord women their rights, to stop kicking against the plans and will of God. For, it is the sure will of God for women not to be oppressed but allowed to fulfil the will of their Maker.
“We have said it many times that if more women are allowed at the decision-making table, the right decisions about social and economic development will be taken and our nation will be the better for it.
“Nigerian women see no merit just as the Federal Court of Appeal has now judged it that there is no merit whatsoever in male-chauvinism in political contests.
“There are very many women in the mould of Senator Aishatu Binani who have paid their dues in public service and are eminently qualified to aspire to any political and administrative position at all levels in Nigeria, and rather than being discouraged, they ought to be supported to realise their ambition, for our society stands to gain many benefits from such women.
“My dear sister, Aishatu, on behalf of all Nigerian women, I assure you of our unalloyed support, and the mobilisation of all our goodwill not only to ensure your victory at the polls, come February, 2023, but for you to go ahead to have a successful and impactful tenure as the first elected Female Governor of Adamawa State.”