The National Women Leader of Labour Party (LP), Dugu Manuga, has assured fellow women that the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, will fulfill the
35% affirmative action, if elected.
According to her, the foresight of Obi, especially in the involvement of women in campaign, is commendable and it’s evidence that he would meet the 35 percent affirmative action if elected.
Manuga said that Obi’s promise to give women 35-40 appointments will be a replica of what he did when he was governor of Anambra State, adding that it was 40% he gave to women participation then and not just that he gave strong positions to women that traditionally they don’t give women.
HausaToday reports that the LP women leader who was speaking during the State Labour Party and ‘Obidient’ women mobilisation engagement held in Gombe state, said for Obi’s presidency to be realised women need to take ownership of the electioneering process.
Manuga, who noted that the event was to sensitise groups ahead of 2023 elections,and also let them know their ability to determine the success of their candidates.
She said there was need for women to reach out, engage, mobilise, organise and protect their mandate, stressing that without which the aspiration of Obi would not be realistic.
According to Manuga, without ownership the results may sway against the favour of the party’s candidate, so “we have to take ownership, and make sure we do what we need to do, so that Labour Party will come out successful in Gombe and the Nation at large. We will protect our mandate.”
She furthered that women take ownership when they see themselves as the ones who can make what you are aspiring to happen.
“If I see that the burden is on me for Labour Party to win then I have taken ownership and I will do within my own power to work for the party’s success at polling, ward levels. You should feel that if Labour Party fails, then I have failed,” she added.
On her part, the State Women Leader, Yelwa Manzo, called on women to get involved to ensure the success of Labour Party candidates at the polls.
She noted that across local government areas many women were being mobilised to contribute to the emergence of Peter Obi and other candidates.
It was also gathered that the meeting also featured the presentation of reports by women leaders from Akko, Yalmatu and Deba local government areas of the states.
It will be recalled that HausaToday reported that the party’s presidential candidate took to Twitter to condemn the attack of one of his supporters at Nasarawa state.
The victim, Joshua Alamu was said to have been attacked on Saturday by some hoodlums suspected to be from the opposition camp.
HausaToday understands that the attack took place when Obi supporters were going about sensitising people ahead of the 2023 general elections.
One of Obi’s supporters, Jamilu Sufi, had taken to Twitter to post a photo of the seriously injured Joshua while receiving treatment.
“Dear @PoliceNG, Our attention has been drawn on the attack to Mr. Joshua Alamu, at Nasarawa State during @NgLabour sensitization yesterday, we call on you to protect the life of our citizen and bring perpetrators to book,” the netizen tweeted.
Reacting to the development, the former Governor of Anambra State who is seeking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, decried the gruesome attack meted on his supporters.
The presidential hopeful said the Nigerian civic and political space must remain open for the citizens to exercise their constitutional rights of freedom of assembly. He said physical attacks on individuals exercising such rights were utterly unacceptable.
“Once again, I wish to stress that Nigerian civic and political space must remain open for the Nigerian people to exercise their Constitutional rights of freedom of assembly. Physical attacks on individuals exercising such rights are utterly unacceptable,” Obi tweeted.