As the 2019 general elections approaches, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, met with the APC women leaders from the 36 states of the federation at the presidential villa in Abuja. The meeting was attended by the wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo; the APC deputy national women leader, Chief Tina Adike; the wife of the governor of Sokoto State, Mrs. Maryam Mairo Tambuwal, among others.
Mrs Buhari called on the APC women leaders to rally members to encourage candidates with capacity for leadership and integrity to contest for elective positions. A statement by the director of information in the office of the wife of the president, Sulaiman Haruna, said the party’s women leaders were on a courtesy visit to Mrs Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
At the meeting, Mrs Buhari lamented the low participation of women in decision making in the country and urged them to participate in politics to make it easy to actualize the 35 percent affirmative action. She described women’s role as an important determinant of development in any administration. Mrs Buhari added that the unity exhibited by the women leaders over the years had encouraged her.
On her part, Mrs. Osinbajo commended the unity among the women leaders, urging them to continue to show good examples by managing the affairs of women in their states well.