The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has called on Nigerian women to look at the antecedents of the presidential candidates contesting the 2023 polls and vote based on how each one has treated women in politics in the past.
This is as he made a fresh commitment towards including women in his administration if he emerges President of Nigeria in 2023.
He said he would give them more leadership opportunities in his government while recalling that he gave them 40% when he was the Governor of Anambra State.
Naija News reports he made the fresh commitment on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking at the Voice Of Women VOW2022 Conference at the NAF Conference Centre.
Obi said the country can not make sustainable progress if it continues to ignore women who make up about fifty percent of its population.
According to him, the VOW2022 Conference and Awards is timely for an agenda to be set towards having an inclusive and accountable Nigeria, from 2023.
Obi said; “This country cannot make sustainable progress if we continue to leave 50% of the population, which are women behind. As Presidential Candidates speak to Nigerian Women from across the country at this event, it is good for the women to listen to what we have to say and then look at what we did before now – our respective antecedents – when we had the opportunity to bring them to the leadership table.
“Women need to vote right, looking at antecedents on inclusivity agenda. Beyond that, they must vote for candidates they can trust on the scales of capacity, competence, character and proven commitment to the yearnings of Nigerian women. Do not accept us based on what will tell you we will do: have we proven it before now?”
Women Are Committed And I Remain Committed To Them
Emphasizing the importance of women in leadership and politics, the Labour Party candidate submitted that women are more trustworthy and get things done better.
He vowed to give them more opportunities to use their potential if elected in 2023 than he did when he was the Anambra State Governor.
In his words, “I had 40% women in my cabinet in Anambra state because I have found out that women were far more committed and trustworthy. When you need work done and done satisfactory, get a woman to do it and you will not be disappointed.
“I am committed to making sure that I will carry women along, bring them to the leadership table where decisions are being made, and also allowing them to utilize their potentials for the betterment of Nigeria.- PO”