decision Congress of All Progressives (APC) on Tuesday confirmed February 26 as the date for its national convention.
Until today, the date was largely based on speculation from political actors and unconfirmed media sources.
It has become official during the speech of the President of Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Fayode Kayode, at the APC National Women’s Conference in Abuja.
While speaking on the party’s proposed national convention, Fayemi urged party leaders and members to use the convention as an opportunity to come up with more people-centred policies and reflect on its ideals over time. years.
The Governor of Ekiti gave only a general date for the convention until a member of the APC Interim Committee, who escorted Yobe State Governor Mala Buni to the event, whispers in his ear on the podium.
“Oh, the president has already announced February 26 as the date for the National Convention,” Mr Fayemi said in a way that suggests he was unaware the date had become official.
Mr. Fayemi advocated for the involvement of more women in governance as they play a key role in the economic and social development of a nation.
“If we continue to improve the support and solidarity we give to the women of our country, when we do that, we are doing our women a disservice, we are actually doing ourselves a duty because it gives economic strength and whoever has the privilege of working with women up close… You will understand that they are your best armor and they are also the best delivery agent,” Mr. Fayemi said as he shared the dividends of women’s role in governance.
However, the APC Acting President, Mr. Buni, said in his address that the APC is the most “women-friendly” party in Nigeria, but added that he hoped to have more women in the elected party offices.
“We hope that more women will participate in the next national party convention on February 26, 2022 and in the general elections. Now that we are approaching the convention and we are getting closer to the next general election, I want to remind you of the progressive roles in supporting progressive leaders, aspiring to various positions for the betterment of our country,” he officially declared.
With many women and young people among the APC’s 41 million registered members across the country, Buni said he was confident the party would win a landslide victory in the 2023 general elections.
Although the representation of women can be said to have improved under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, gender is statistically poorly represented in states across the country.
This gap is also evident in the interim administration of Mr. Buni of the ruling APC as well as in the newly elected members at the last National Convention of the main opposition party, the PDP.
Of all 13 Interim National Committee members appointed to lead the APC by its National Executive Committee (NEC) in June 2020, only one is a woman.
A similar trend was also recorded during the 2021 PDP National Convention.
No fewer than 11 candidates have expressed interest in the presidency of the APC.
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