CALABAR—The First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, has called on Nigerian women to understand that whoever desires to win elective office in the country, must depend on the votes of women because “we are in the majority.”

She has, meanwhile, called on women to vote President Goodluck Jonathan to power come 2011.
She spoke at the launch of the Cross River State chapter of Women for Change Initiative and Development, her pet project,  at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

According to her, “women can determine the vote of this country. We are in majority. We have to register to vote and we are going to use our cards to vote a man of our choice, a man, who will carry us along. Our card is our power. If you don’t carry us along, we will not vote for you, but if you carry us along we will vote for you.”

She argued that President  Jonathan had been  carrying women along and therefore urged women to vote for him in 2011.

He told women that  subsequently, women should  endeavour to run for president.

She commended Governor Liyel  Imoke over the number of women in his government but added that  it was almost the same in other states and urged him to increase the number of women in his government.

She called on women to vote for Governor Liyel Imoke come 2011 and added that “after Governor Liyel Imoke we will ask Sen. Florence Ita Giwa to run for governor and we will support her and vote for her.

She said the Women for Change and Development Initiative came up to empower women politically, socially and economically which she said was in line with Federal Government policies and programmes, arguing that the initiative was ready to confront the challenges of women to enable women participate fully in the development of the country.

In his remark to the mammoth crowd, Governor Liyel Imoke who started by raising a song “why I no go make yanga. Goodluck na our papa, Patience na our mama, why I no go make yanga” said “women are the most important element for economic growth in any developing society. He said the 35% representation for women as affirmative action for the womenfolk was not enough, asking women to target 50%.

Highlight of the event was the Banner waving groups of women in their hundreds who had come to the stadium to welcome the First Lady. The women turned out in colourful attires, singing and dancing to songs being played by a live band.

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