Dr Mrs Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar, wife of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Alh. Atiku Abubakar, is consumed with women’s insatiable desire to transform the political decadence in the country. She is confident that women will bring to reality the Atiku/Obi vision of creating tomorrow’s peace out of today’s crisis. For her, women are naturally endowed with tender loving care for human beings, which should never become obsolete, thus driving home the point that people more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Mrs Abubakar in a series of Town Hall meetings in the South_South, and South_East regions across the country has described women as “Amazons” of democracy, writes ANGELEEN NKWOCHA.
In her series of Town Hall meetings in the South_south and South_east regions to drum up support for the Atiku/Obi Presidential ticket, Mrs Abubakar described women as amazons of democracy even as she expressed optimism that with the team of Atiku and Obi Nigeria will get working again.
Speaking in Benin City, recently at a Special Town Hall meeting themed: “Let’s talk” held with Edo women she said: “We have inquired, we have researched and we are aware that you have issues with security, healthcare and economy.
“One thing I assure you is that Atiku if voted in as president of Nigeria come February 16, will fix your security issues, your healthcare issues and revive the economy beyond your expectations for a healthy future for us and for our children.
“Democracy is a leveler, the rich has one vote while the poor has one vote, but the sad reality is that a huge segment of our society do not vote. They do not come out to vote because there vote never count, but this time around ensure that your votes are counted because they count.
In a similar Town Hall meeting in Owerri, Jennifer Abubakar, pleaded with Imo women and youths to support and vote for Atiku and Obi presidency as their votes will ensure their active participation in governance. Recall that Atiku had promised the youths 40 percent participation in his government if voted into power.
Contributing, wife of the vice presidential candidate of the party, Mrs Margaret Obi, urged the women not to sell their votes and ensure they vote in credible candidates with good pedigree.
Mrs Emeka Ihedioha, wife of the PDP Imo state governorship flag bearer lamented that failures of past leadership of the country has resulted in the current hardships being experienced in the country particularly women and children.
Former minister of State for Education, and Defence, Prof Viola Onwuliri, stressed the need for a “gender friendly” leadership for the country.
She also affirmed that the duo of Abubakar and Obi would recognise the important roles women played in the development of a country and ensure they participated actively in governance.
The meeting had in attendance women and youths from the 27 local government councils of Imo State, who threw their weight behind the PDP presidential flag bearer.
In a recent rally in Asaba, Delta state, Dr (Mrs) Jennifer Abubakar who was the guest of honour called on Nigerian women to be courageous and steadfast in defence of the nation’s democracy despite the current political tension in the country occasioned by the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the swearing in of a new one, Justice Ibrahim Tanko.
Mrs Abubakar, while praying unity and peaceful conduct of the up coming general elections in the country said Nigeria cannot not afford to go to war again despite all provocative tendencies of the current administration.
She urged the women to rise up in defence of Nigeria’s hard won democracy through prayers and casting their votes in favour of Abubakar Atiku and Peter Obi.
She stressed that it is not an easy journey to the promised land but tasked women to be diligent and prayerful.
Wife of the PDP Vice Presidential aspirant, Mrs Margaret Obi admonished women to be steadfast and not to loose hope but anticipate victory. Stressing that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
Mrs Jennifer Abubakar while eulogising the steadfastness of the wife of Delta state Governor, Dame Mrs. Edith Okowa, also appreciated the women for turning out in their numbers despite the prevailing distractions.
Mrs Okowa, in her remarks, said the women in Delta state would not be deterred by the antics and highhandedness of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), adding that, “everything has been committed to God.”
Dame Okowa called on the women and youths of Delta state to trust in God and not money, man or security agents. She admonished them to shun violence, stressing that any enemy that intends to rig the election will get drowned.
On her part, wife of the National Chairman of PDP, Pastor Ene Secondus who led the women in a series of fervent prayers, called on them not to lose faith that they have thrown their weight behind their men in the fight against the unjust suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The well attended event had PDP women leaders and women from the twenty five local government areas in Delta state as they turned out en masse to drum their support for the Atiku/Obi Presidential ticket.
The overwhelming attendance and response of women and youths generally wherever Mrs Jennifer Abubakar visited could be seen as a clear indication that Nigeria want to partner with the duo of Atiku Obi to get Nigeria working again.