Taraba Women Support Jonathan Re-election Bid
• Urge Jumai-Alhassan To Drop Ambition
CITING the appointment of no fewer than thirteen females out of the 42 Ministers, women in Taraba state have collectively resolved to throw their weights in support of the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The women, who thronged out Friday in their numbers, believed President Jonathan government “ is the only government that implemented gender policy that has also resulted in an increase in women’s representation in government.”
Coming under the umbrella of Heart-to-Heart for Jonathan, they observed that women representation has increased from 10 per cent in 2011 to over 35 percent in 2013.
Led by Coordinator Victoria Samari, the women who were drawn from the entire 16 local government councils of the state, including Yangtu Development Area, stressed the need for women in the state to queue solidly behind Jonathan in the forthcoming polls slated for next months.
They collectively agreed that “ with the appointment of 13 female ministers out of 42, representing 31 percent and four Special Advisers out of 18, representing 23 percent”, there was a urgent need for the people to discard politicians missing politics with religion.
Stressing their readiness to reach out to eligible women in the nooks and crannies of the state before the presidential poll, they agreed “ these appointments have set the stage for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target number three on Gender Equity and Women Empowerment.”
The need for other aspirants in the state to as well tread the path of President Jonathan especially in the areas of women empowerment, they believed can no longer be ignored.
They said “we are also calling on Darius D. Ishaku and our aspiring senators, members of the House of Representatives and members of State House of Assembly to emulate Mr. president in strengthening gender policy in the state.”
The women, who went further to stressed the need for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Aisha Jumai-Alhassan, to drop her ambition said it was not ideal for a woman to be at the fore front of men.
For this reason, they admonished her to drop her governorship ambition and support the male folks, who according to the women, are created to lead the women.
They also beckoned at those nursing the idea of dumping PDP for opposition political parties to as a matter of urgency change their minds as women in the state would continue to work tirelessly round the clock for the success of the PDP.
Further citing the numerous federal government projects in the state, including a federal university, a federal polytechnic and the ongoing multipurpose Kashimbilla Dam in Takum Local Government Council of the state, the women stated that President Goodluck Jonathan would perform to the admiration of everyone.
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