Women political group, Progressive Women for Change Initiative, Taraba State chapter has declared its support for Hajiya Zainab A. Ibrahim, an aspirant to Jalingo/Yorro/Zing federal constituency, in the House of Representatives, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
A statement signed by the chairperson of the group, Hajiya Maryam Sani, which was made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, noted that Hajiya Zainab is the only aspirant that survived the screening exercise conducted by the APC in the entire elective positions across the state.
Sani also called on the national and state leadership of the party to support and give her automatic ticket in orders to allow for women participation in the 2019 general election.
The group also noted that women constitute over 60 per cent of the population of Taraba State and represent the largest portion of voting strength of the state, but frowned that the political atmosphere in the state is not gender friendly.
The chairperson therefore warned that if the gender imbalance is not addressed, it could pose a serious threat towards winning women the votes across the 16 local government areas of the state during the 2019 general elections.
According to the statement: “Following a careful research, consultations and deliberations among hundreds and thousands of our supporters, we have observed that Taraba women believe in the principles and manifestation of the APC and are ready to vote for the party, at all levels if women inclusive government will be put in the state.
We also humbly call on all the aspirants contesting with her to place the overall interest of the APC above their personal interest by stepping down to allow the only female aspirant in APC to contest unopposed.
Finally if our plea is assented, we promised to canvassed, finance, mobilize and support the APC at all levels in the 2019 general election, and failure to assent to our submission may weaken the moral of the women in coming out to vote and that may result into a serious threat towards winning the 2019 general election in the state.”