By Christian Njoku
Mrs Margaret Obi, wife of the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) has disclosed that if voted into power, her husband, Mr Peter Obi would improve on the 35 per cent affirmative action for women in government.
Obi made the call in a Town Hall meeting on Monday with women in Calabar which also had in attendance Mrs Dudu Manuga, LP’s National Women Leader, Mr Ogar Osim State Chairman of the party, and Mrs Aisha Yesufu among others.
The wife of the presidential candidate of the party noted that according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, (INEC’s) data, women and youths formed the greatest number of people to vote in the coming election.
“Peter Obi was one of the very few governors that gave 35 per cent affirmative action to women as a governor and he will do more if elected as the president.
“A new Nigeria is possible for me and you, let nobody come and tell you it is their turn, it is nobody’s turn rather it is the turn of Nigerians to take back their country.
“When they come to you to ask for vote, ask about their character because character is very important in handling public office.
“People don’t change, they get better or worse in whatever they do, so character and track record is very important,” she said.
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Similarly, Mrs Aisha Yesufu a member of the party expressed confidence in the capacity of the LP’s presidential candidate, stressing that his character and competence give him a greater opportunity of winning the election.
Yesufu said Nigerians no longer cared about the tribe or religion of the candidates but their competence and character.
She said the electorates must vote for someone with character to build a nation where the child of a nobody would become somebody without knowing anybody.
While educating the women on the right way to cast their votes for LP, she charged the women to remain at the polling unit after the election to ensure that the votes were properly counted.
Speaking earlier at the theatrical town hall meeting the National Women Leader, Manuga encouraged the women as mothers of the nation to vote for LP noting that a new Nigeria was possible.
She added that a vote LP was a vote that would bring genuine positive changes and provide inclusive governance in the nation. (NAN)