The Labour Party’s Presidential candidate Peter Obi has assured Nigerian women that he would carry them along if elected president in the February 25 election.
Peter Obi said this during a Town Hall meeting themed “Women for a new Nigeria’ held in Abuja on Tuesday.
The former governor of Anambra state who attended the town hall meeting with his wife, Margaret Obi said he would bring
Nigerian women to the leadership table where decisions are being made, and also allow them to utilize their potential for the betterment of Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event, the ex-first lady of Anambra state, Margaret Obi assured women of their place if her husband was elected president of the country.
She expressed disappointment that women who made up 49 per cent of the population are often offered the backseat in governance.
According to her, June statistics released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that women and youth made up over 75 per cent of registered voters in Nigeria.
“Why then should we suffer in silence?” she asked. “This is why we are making this call to women, you can and must empower the nation to birth a new Nigeria. When things go bad, women are the ones that suffer the most. I, therefore, encourage you to look at what the candidates have to offer you as women.”
She explained that the “ObiDatti policies show women that a new Nigeria where women take their rightful place is possible and that “men have a higher default rate, noting that the Obi-Datti pact with women is that they will ensure increased access to finance for women. We know that more money in the hands of women equates to a better life for our children. We are the ones that are raising the leaders of tomorrow.”