BY EMMANUEL ONWUSORO in Abakaliki
Women groups from various tribes including Hausa and Yoruba, living in Ebonyi State were guests of the Ebonyi State Coordinator of Friends of Atiku (FOA), Hon. Linus Okorie, when they pledged their support for the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The women said the All Progressive Congress (APC) government had failed to live up to the minimum expectations of Nigerians in infrastructure, security and job creation.
The leader of Benue state women in Ebonyi state, Mrs. Ujoh Rose, condemned what she described as disheartening treatment being meted to the women under the current APC government, saying the time has come to end the ugly development.
She noted that women were not being carried along properly in the scheme of things under the current government due to the belief of the leader of the government that women should belong to the ‘other room’
Ujoh who retired as Assistant Director of Administration at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, said, “if you take time to study how politicians handle women and youths during campaigns and after elections it is very disheartening because they only value us during elections only to discard us after victory.
“Since I retired from service there are no benefits; no entitlements; nothing at all. Each time I call the man in charge, he will say I am in a meeting. What kind of meeting is that that holds everyday and which does not end? It is time to change that and it is our belief that Atiku Abubakar will be very different when he comes on board on May 29.
“As leaders of women groups from various tribes and ethnic groups in Nigeria, we shall galvanise our fellow women in this state to ensure the victory of Atiku Abubakar come February 16.
The leader of Hausa Women in Ebonyi State, Mrs. Hajia Adiza Abubakar, from Adamawa State said chilling reports of killings and sundry insecurity across the country demand urgent attention, stressing that Atiku Abubakar was the only presidential candidate with the experience and political will to tackle the challenges.
“All these killings, hunger and unemployment everywhere in Nigeria should be addressed and I know that my brother Atiku will stop it when he becomes the president. All our women have decided to vote for him for the betterment of Nigeria”
The state Coordinator of Friends of Atiku in the state and member representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency, Linus Abaa Okorie, commended the women for their visit and assured them that Nigeria will be great and prosperous under Atiku Abubakar and Mr.Peter Obi.
Okorie directed the coordinator of the women wing of Friends of Atiku in the state, Mrs. Eze Mercy, who is also the Women Coordinator, PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state; to work closely with the women to ensure the victory of Atiku in the next month’s presidential polls in the state.