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Politics of Monday, 25 April 2022


Aisha Buhari advises presidential aspirants to pick women as running mates

Nigeria First Lady Aisha Buhari Nigeria First Lady Aisha Buhari

In what appears to be the main reason for inviting presidential aspirants to dinner, the wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari, has urged political parties to always consider women as running mates to candidates contesting elections for various positions.

The first lady said this on Saturday night, April 23, when she hosted presidential aspirants from various political parties to a Ramadan (Iftar) breakfast at the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Iftar was organised by the first lady to provide opportunity for the aspirants to share love and happiness with one another in the spirit of Ramadan and in a quest for nation building.

Ms Buhari said fair play for women in politics was to ensure their greater participation in elective positions.

Her words: “In fact, it is high time women are adopted as running mates at all levels considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes.

“As we approach the 2023 election with greater hope, I am confident that Nigeria will continue to grow from strength to strength on the pedestal of our democratic tenets."

Ms Buhari enjoined the presidential aspirants to remain focused on issues that strengthened the nation`s unity, brotherhood and national cohesion. She also reminded her guests that the 2015 election was a watershed in the history of Nigeria.

"It was neither contested in the court of law, nor in the court of public opinion.

“Therefore, the greatest end-of-tenure gift that fellow Nigerians can give to the first family is another free and globally-acknowledged fair election come 2023," she appealed.

The first lady urged all the aspirants to ensure tolerance, fair-play and avoid violent tendencies by building bridges where necessary, especially during electioneering campaigns.

Speaking at the event, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by a former governor of Edo state, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, urged all aspirants to play politics without bitterness.

Osinbajo said the event offered Nigerians from different faiths and background the opportunity to reunite with one another to foster unity.

"It is an opportunity for aspirants from various political parties to meet one another and the lesson we should learn from here is to practise politics without bitterness as we move closer to election year.

"We should try to imbibe the spirit of oneness because at the end of the only one person is going to emerge winner of the Presidential election next year.

“So, it is not going to be do-or-die affairs, we should learn to practise politics without bitterness,’’ he said.

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