Abuja – Women in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed confidence in the ability of a President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in 2015 to guarantee more elective positions for Nigerian women.
Mrs Kema Chikwe, PDP National Woman Leader, said this at the presentation and launch of the PDP Women in Power calendar on Thursday in Abuja.
“We are confident that when President Jonathan returns in 2015, women would be talking about 50 per cent, no longer 35 per cent affirmative action.
“As we give him unequivocal, undiluted, unreserved support and as we match with him to 2015, PDP women will reach the promise land,” Chikwe said.
She expressed gratitude to the Jonathan-led administration for opportunities it gave to women to achieve their optimum potential through elective and other political appointments.
President Jonathan had promised to ensure 35 per cent political appointment for women during his campaign and kept the promise.
Chikwe called on woman in PDP women to move fast to prepare for future elections to enable them make more impact in the political development of the country.
She said that the launch of the calendar was the first of its kind since the inception of the PDP.
According to her, it is aimed at raising funds to promote the effort of the party geared, specifically, toward rural development and to empower women.
In his speech at the occasion, Senate President David Mark, said that the struggle of women had come a long way and commended Jonathan for giving them “a voice to be heard”.
Mark, who was represented by Sen. Helen Esuene, Chairman Senate Committee on Women Affairs, also commended Chikwe for the initiative to launch the calendar.
He described the calendar as a first step and urged men to buy the idea.
The Chief launcher, Chief Tony Chukwu, launched the calendar with N45 million while his associates supported him with N15 million.
Wives of the 23 PDP governors, represented by Rivers Governor’s wife, Judith, donated N18 million.
More than N100 million was realised at the launch, which was attended by PDP women senators, wives of PDP local government chairmen and PDP women leaders from across the federation.
Also at the launch were the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Sambo, Minister of State for Defence Mrs Olusola Obada, PDP National Working Committee members among others. (NAN)