Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of the first Nigerian military Head of State, late Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, on Wednesday vowed to champion “the fight” for the mobilisation of women of Abia State for the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 16 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Aguiyi-Ironsi, vowed to work with the wife of Abia State governor, Deaconess Nkechi Caroline Ikpeazu, to ensure all PDP candidates at various levels are delivered in the forthcoming general elections in Abia State.
Speaking at the special town hall meeting organised for Abia women, the nonagenarian said, “I will lead this fight in Abia, and I promise you that you will never regret it. I will lead Abia women to vote for Atiku”, assuring the PDP candidate of victory.
In her remarks, wife of the PDP presidential candidate, Mrs Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, assured Abia women of favourable positions in her husband’s government, saying, out of the 70% positions promised for women and youths, about a half of the youths would still come from the female folks.
“I have known Atiku since 1986, I have been married to him for 21 years and I can tell you that he is a detribalised Nigerian. Atiku loves the Igbo people, I can attest to that,” she said.
The women who took turns to assure Abubakar of victory, however, urged him to look inward in terms of women empowerments and appointments.
“The PDP government was the one that produced Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Dora Akunyili and I’m aware Atiku was part of the government then, we urge him to do more for women in his government to sustain the legacy of PDP, so we won’t be relegated to the background as APC government is doing,” a participant told Mrs Abubakar.
In a related development, traditional rulers in Abia State have called on the people of the state to remain peaceful during the general elections.
This was, even as they vowed to ensure their subjects vote for a party that would ensure that cows don’t feed on their farm crops any longer.
Speaking while receiving Mrs Abubakar in Abia on Wednesday, the second deputy chairman, Abia Council of Ndi-Eze, HRM Eze Elder S.A. Okorie said, “Abia is a very peaceful state being controlled by the PDP. We also need a PDP President, a president that can stop cows from eating up all our crops in the farm.”
On his part, HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogburu Enachioke of Abiriba, eulogised the PDP presidential candidate, describing him as a detrabilised Nigerian who has his goodwill spread across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
“Atiku came to my community in Abiriba in 1992 to donate to the less privileged, we are going to reciprocate it this time around, by mobilising for his election. Atiku is a destabilised Nigerian,” he said.