By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA â€” Women in Niger State have endorsed the state Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, for a second term and promised to rally round the party to actualise its dream.
The women, who cut across party and religious affiliations, came out inÂ large numbers at the Minna Trade Fair Complex, yesterday at a rally organised by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Women Wing, to endorse the second term and declare their unflinching support for the party because of its good work so far.
Addressing the crowd, the party women leader, Hajiya Hauwa Usman, explained that the endorsement of the governor for a second term was as a result of his numerous achievements in office in three years and especially for carrying along women in all its activities.
Hajiya Usman directed all the women from each of the three senatorial zones not to see the 2011 general election as already won but that they should rather mobilise other women in their zones towards registering and voting for the governor and other PDP candidates in the coming elections.
Guest speaker at the rally and former presidential aspirant, Mrs. Serah Jibrin, noted that Nigerians have offended and cheated their women counterpart in the past years by relegating them to the background politically and also for not taking them into confiden-ce.
While thanking Dr. Aliyu for being gender-sensitive in his political appoint-ments, she called on him to fully support the candidacy of any woman who aspires for any political post both in 2011 and beyond.
State chairman of the PDP who was represented by his vice, Mr. Tanko Beji, reminded the women that the only way to actualise their dream is by registering and coming out en mass to vote in the 2011 general election.
Beji said, â€œif you are in politics and you have a candidate, the only way you can make your party and your candidate to succeed is to register as a voter and also vote for the candidate of your choice on election day.â€
He said because of the gender sensitivity of the PDP, the party had decided that nomination forms for women contesting any elective post in the state were free as against the men who will have to pay for their forms and other expenses.
While calling on the women to show more interest in politics, the chairman, told them that the party will not impose any candidate on the voters.