APC women leaders back Ganduje, demand more appointments 

The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leaders has expressed total loyalty and support for the National Chairman of the ruling party, asking him to champion the course of men in the current administration.

The 36 state women leaders and the FCT also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led federal government for accommodating more women in the cabinet.

Speaking Tuesday in Abuja, President of the Forum, Patricia Yakubu, who led 35 other APC states Women Leaders and the FCT  during a courtesy call and vote on the national chairman of the party, Dr. Abdullah Ganduje, urged the party leadership to create more opportunities for the party women.

She said: “We, the forum of 36 States women Leaders and the FCT have come to pay you a solidarity visit and unanimously say, we believe in you as the 

“National Chairman of our great party. We unequivocally pass a vote of confidence on you and reiterate the fact that the 36 States women Leaders are solidly behind you and the National Working Committee of Our great party. 

“We pray for God’s wisdom, strength and good health to guide you in piloting the affairs of the party. Protect you from all forms of evil and distraction.”

While recalling that during the 2023 elections, the women slept on the grass in open spaces during the electioneering period to ensure victory, she said the house of one of them was demolished on the election day by the opposition party in her state to distract her from canvassing votes for the party, even as “the son of one of us was kidnapped a day to the presidential election.”

Yakubu said another woman was detained in the police station for three days on election day.  

She added that one of them was involved in a ghastly motor accident during the campaign, because they did not want to hear of APC in her community and is still in and out of the hospital. 

According to her, many of us got their cars damaged and some completely lost their personal cars during the campaigns and today, they are not mobile.

Yakubu said: “The State women leaders will want to advocate that we should be carried along in all the affairs pertaining to women in the states. We are closer to the party women at the grassroots, the largest voting bloc in the secular world. Our demography should not be neglected. 

“Since after the elections, Your Excellency may note that only one bag of rice and one paper wrapper was given to the States women leaders from the National Secretariat of the party. Nothing was given to us during Easter, the Ramadan fasting period and Salah Festivities. Even the palliatives that were distributed were not given to the women leaders for onward distribution to the grassroots, We party women waited and waited and waited to no avail very sad.”

Yakubu pointed out that federal government empowerment programs that have to do with women sound like news to them. 

She added: “That the National Woman Leader and her Deputy should involve the State Women Leaders in all their programs from the designing stage so as to attract our full participation and involvement by so doing will help capture the peculiarities of the various states. 

“We, the Women Leaders of the 36 States and the FCT, pray the National Woman Leader and her Deputy to periodically interact with women leaders at the state level, so as to have full knowledge of happenings at the grassroots and proffer solutions.”