The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been asked to choose a woman as his running mate for the 2023 election.
HausaToday understands that the request was made on Tuesday by an APC support group consisting of women.
The group under the aegis of the APC Nigeria Women in politics pledged their support for the former governor of Lagos State, stating that the candidate possessed leadership qualities that can not be thrown away.
Speaking on behalf of the women, the national convener of the APC WIP, Princess Bolanle Kazeem told journalists at the Unity Fountain demonstration ground in Abuja that the women are expecting at least 35% of the next APC administration to be occupied by women.
HausaToday understands that the women held a mobilisation rally for Tinubu in Abuja to sensitize their gender to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards for them to vote in next year’s general election.
Speaking further at the rally, Kazeem said the APC WIP, which has members from across the 36 states of the country, was tired of politicians who promised to provide good governance to the masses during electioneering campaigns but ended up deceiving and disappointing them.
The women maintained that Tinubu had a good track record in the provision of security and infrastructure as well as the management of the state economy for collective prosperity.
Kazeem said, “We are expecting 35 per cent of Asiwaju’s cabinet to be made up of women, but if we get more than that, we don’t mind. This is so putting into consideration the input of women in elections.
“Let the party give us our 35 per cent affirmative action. I want to say that the women in the country want a female Vice President. Let the party give us the VP position. We are making this demand on Tinubu too because we know he has sympathy for women.
“We, the women, have agreed and are ready to give our time and support for our father, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As the APC women, we will garner and produce for him about 40 per cent of all the votes cast in the presidential election.
“We believe he can be a good president and take Nigeria to the next level. That is why we are bringing ourselves together to canvass and mobilise for him and to vote for him.”