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Dame Jonathan tasks women on 2011 polls

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

The Women for Change Initiative in Bayelsa State was officially launched, Saturday, by the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan with an appeal to women of the state to actively participate in the processes that will lead to the 2011 polls.

The launch which took place at the Samson Siasia Stadium in the heart of Yenagoa, the state capital attracted prominent Nigerian women including the female members of federal executive council and hundreds of thousands of women from the eight local government areas of the state.

Mrs. Jonathan said the quest for 35 per cent equity in the sharing of political appointments and elective positions was not an exclusive preserve of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and not aimed at struggling power with men.

Dame Patience Jonathan while decorating the wife of the Bayelsa State governor, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva as the state matron of Women for Change Initiative expressed happiness that women are gradually being accorded their desired rights in the sharing of appointments and collection of forms for 2011 polls.

According to her, the issue of women demand for 35 per cent is a resolution for peaceful change, noting that women in the 36 states of the federation have resolved to adopt a peaceful approach and have asked to be carried along in the scheme of politics.

Her words, “All the women are demanding for is to be carried along and they are not interested in overtaking the men in politics.


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