Abuja: The Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi stated that he proved that he believed in Gender Inclusivity by having women as forty percent of his cabinet when he was Governor of Anambra State.
He then urged Nigerian women to ask other presidential candidates to prove their own commitment to gender inclusivity by showing what they did in that regard, in the past.
Equally, he asserted that from his experience as Governor, “women were far more committed and trustworthy”
Obi stated this in a series regarding the Voice Of Women VOW2022 Conference at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja where he was a guest speaker.
“This morning, I addressed the Voice Of Women VOW2022 Conference at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja.
The VOW2022 Conference and Awards indeed is timely for an agenda to be set towards having an inclusive and accountable Nigeria, from 2023.
“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?
“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