Ogun PDPpromises Jonathan grand re­cep­tion, plans rally

Fayemi to en­act laws for in­creased women par­tic­i­pa­tion in gov­er­nance

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ade­busu Ado Ek­iti

Ogun State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has promised a be­fit­ting re­cep­tion for the visit of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to the state.

The party, since 2011 af­ter los­ing to the Ac­tion Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has been strug­gling with in­tra-party crises, a de­vel­op­ment that cul­mi­nated in the de­fec­tion of some stal­warts loyal to for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo to the rul­ing APC in the state.

Aris­ing from a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing in Abeokuta, yes­ter­day, lead­ers of the party as­sured that the visit of Pres­i­dent Jonathan would prove that all is well in the state chap­ter of the PDP.

The lead­ers, com­pris­ing for­mer state chair­man, Joju Fadairo, for­mer House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers, Apos­tle Dave Salako, fa­ther of the for­mer Speaker of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Chief Alani Bankole, for­mer As­sem­bly mem­bers, Barr. Habeeb Ajayi, Pe­lumi Olu­sola and John­son Fa­toki all agreed that the party would be stronger ahead of the 2015 elec­tions.

Fadairo said the party mem­bers would con­tinue to work to­gether to win back the state.

He said:“There is no more fac­tion. That I can tell you. No cri­sis.” in­sur­mount­able.” Ek­iti State Gove Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi, said, yester yes­ter­day, that his govern­ment would wo soon en­act a law to in in­crease women rep­re­sen­tat rep­re­sen­ta­tion in gov­ernm govern­ment.

He sta stated this in Ado Ek­iti a at the launch of the state st chap­ter of the women w wing of the A All Pro­gres­sives Con Congress (APC), tag tagged: ‘Óbin­rin Ket Kete’.

At the oc­ca­sion w were wives of five s state gov­er­nors and two serv­ing women deputy gov­er­nors on the plat­form of the APC.

They in­cluded Erelu Bisi Fayemi of Ek­iti, her coun­ter­parts from Nasarawa, Ha­jiya Mairo Al-Makura, Osun, Mrs Ser­i­fat Aregbesola, La­gos, Mrs. Abim­bola Fa­sola, Oyo, Mrs Florence Aju­mobi and Ogun, Mrs Olu­funso Amo­sun. The deputy gov­er­nors were, from La­gos, Mrs Ade­joke Ore­lope-Ade­fulire, Osun, Mrs Ti­ti­layo Laoiye-To­mori and the host state, Prof Modupe Ade­labu.

Gover­nor Fayemi, who urged women to prop­a­gate the APC ide­ol­ogy and sup­port his sec­ond term am­bi­tion ahead of the June 21 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in the state, said his govern­ment has done a lot to em­power women since he came on board.

He said the num­bers of women in his cab­i­net and at the par­lia­ment are un­prece­dented in the his­tory of the state.

He de­scribed women as piv­otal to the de­vel­op­ment of any na­tion, say­ing that “who­ever de­spises women, does that at his own peril.”

Mrs Fayemi, de­scribed ‘Obin­rin Kete’, as a so­cio-po­lit­i­cal move­ment for all cat­e­gories of women com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ment, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal, eth­nic and re­li­gious lean­ings.

She said: “Women should for­get about their po­lit­i­cal lean­ings and join this move­ment for the de­vel­op­ment in Ek­iti to con­tinue.

For­mer deputy gover­nor of La­gos State, Mrs Sarah Sosan and Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu were also at the oc­ca­sion as ex-com­mis­sioner in the state’s Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion (UBE), Erelu Iyabo Ba­batunde and Mrs Omo­tunde Fa­juyi led other 186 women from the PDP into the APC.

Kay­ode Fayemi

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.