ABEOKUTA – The Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, on Sunday urged women in the country to partner the Federal Government in ensuring peaceful conduct of the 2015 polls.
Akande-Adeola made the appeal at the PDP South-West Women Forum in Abeokuta.
She appealed to mothers in particular to prevail on their wards against attempts by politicians to use them to perpetrate evil during the polls.
“I call on all women and mothers all over the country to employ all avenues to appeal passionately to our youths and show them the need to embrace peace during the polls.
“We must all stand and be united against attempts by desperate politicians to use our children as political thugs in advancing their selfish interest,” she said.
The lawmaker said the call had become necessary because women as mothers and home-builders were the ones mostly affected in every electioneering violence.
She also called on the women to shun apathy and aspire for top political offices in the country. [eap_ad_1] “President Goodluck Jonathan is a gender-sensitive president and has demostrated this in his political appointments by extending great opportunities to women.
“We must not be intimidated by the men because we are better managers both at home and at the public levels,” she said.
The PDP chieftain gave assurance that the women leaders of PDP in the South-West were making effots to surmount the challenge of fund which she described as the major barrier confronting women in politics.
A total of 100 women drawn from across the 20 local government areas of Ogun State were empowered financially at the forum.
Akande-Adeola said similar gesture had been extended PDP women in Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo, adding that such programme would continue.
She said the forum was an avenue to interact, encourage and appreciate the women for their support for the PDP in the region and in the country.
She assured the women that the Federal Government was making frantic efforts to ensure the release of the Chibok girls, while it had also eliminated the Ebola virus disease from the country. (NAN)