The Ghanaian chapter of the All Progressives Congress have urged the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu to pick a female as his running mate for the coming elections.
In a statement, the chapter’s chairman, Mr. Oghenosa Micheletti, drew attention to the fact that Tinubu fielded a female running mate, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele in his first term as Lagos State Governor. A decision he explained that led to the emergence of many women as deputy governors in Lagos State.
Micheletti also congratulated Tinubu on his emergence as the APC Presidential Candidate, adding that the former governor of Lagos State would usher in a Nigeria that everyone envisaged.
Since then, Lagos State has had three more female deputy governors. From Sarah Sosan (2007-2011) to Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2011-2015) and finally Dr Oluranti Adebule (2015-2019).
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The statement read in part,
“What this also means is that when Tinubu wins, Nigeria will have its first female vice president that will go down in history.
“Tinubu’s candidature will ensure victory for APC in 2023 and ultimately, the consolidation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacies.
“With a female vice presidential candidate, Tinubu will be the first presidential candidate of a ruling party to do so, and it will usher in the gender balance that some of us advocate for.
“Tinubu shall consolidate on infrastructure, confront decisively the insecurity challenges in the country, and address the economy, using a more magnifying Lagos State template for the nation.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had given the presidential and governorship candidates of the 18 registered political parties eight days, to pick and submit the lists of their running mates.