The All Progressives Congress Women Presidential Campaign Council says it plans to deploy its electioneering strategy from home to home to further accelerate its reach to every nook and cranny of the country ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The appeal was contained in an address delivered by the National Coordinator of the women’s campaign team, Dr Asabe Bashir, on Tuesday.
Bashir made the clarification at the inauguration of another women’s group, Progressive Sisters’ Network, and the launch of a ‘Sister-to-Sister’ campaign.
The Progressive Sisters’ Network, led by ‘Rinsola Abiola, a gender advocate and daughter of late Chief Moshood Abiola, is a national women-led and focused organisation which seeks to mobilise women’s votes through extensive, grassroots-focused voter mobilisation projects, and via specialised communication tools and platforms.
The development is coming barely 24 hours after the inauguration of appointees into the campaign council at the presidential villa.
The PSN, which also urged Nigerian women to accelerate the victories recorded so far, said no stone would be left unturned to ensure the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, emerged victorious at the polls in 2023.
In her goodwill address, Bashir stressed that Tinubu had been known to be committed to the protection of women’s rights and empowerment, including through “landmark affirmative policies and actions that guarantee the inclusion of women, education investment programmes and the development of the girl-child.”
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She said, “Asiwaju backed and pursued several policies and government investments that enabled the rise of women in various fields and life endeavours.
“This is why I believe women must come together, on the same progressive agenda, and ensure that Tinubu is sworn in as the country’s next President.”
The National Coordinator of the PSN said the group’s foremost aim was to “contribute our quota to mobilising women’s votes for our father, leader and presidential candidate, Tinubu, and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.”
She said, “As the name suggests, our sister-to-sister campaign is geared at mobilising fellow women by engaging them extensively on why Tinubu should be their preferred presidential candidate.”
“Our message is simple: the Tinubu/Shettima ticket presents the greatest hope of equity for Nigerian women, and this assertion is backed by the public service track records of both men.”
“The PSN will execute its nationwide campaign with a star crew of zonal and state officers including the Deputy National Coordinator, Samira Saddique; North-West Zonal Coordinator, Aisha Augie; Hauwa Magaji, North-East Zonal Coordinator; Abiodun Essiet, North-Central Zonal Coordinator; Funmilola Onamusi, South-West Zonal Coordinator; Lady Giddalti Reginald-Okun, South-South Zonal Coordinator; and Chief Mrs Amaka Ogbu, South-East Zonal Coordinator.