Women in Tinubu campaign team beg for inclusion

A women group, Gender Recognition & Reward which was at the forefront in the 2023 Presidential Election Campaign  Council that produced Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is appealing for inclusion in appointments.

In an open letter they wrote and signed by its convener, Hajia Halima Abdulkari, they are worried that despite the efforts they put in towards the success of the president, they seem to have been forgotten.

The letter signed by Hajiya Halima on behalf of others said, “On behalf of the dedicated supporters and participants of the Presidential Campaign Council, especially the women’s wing; we write to you with a heartfelt appeal for urgent action and consideration in the appointment of women to key positions from the council.

“As staunch supporters who actively contributed to your successful presidential campaign, we are proud of the role we played in securing your victory and entrusting you with the leadership of our great nation. 

“However, recent developments have sparked concerns among us regarding the apparent favoritism in appointments, seemingly based on connections, godfatherism, inducements or affiliations rather than merit.

“Your Excellency, we acknowledge the challenges you face and the limited time available for communication due to your demanding schedule. It is with this understanding that we take advantage of this brief opportunity to bring to your attention the genuine worries of the women who dedicated themselves to the success of your campaign via this open letter which we know you can’t be hindered access to read.”

The letter stated further that, “We believe that your leadership stands for inclusivity, justice, and a reward system that values loyalty and dedication. The current trend, where unfamiliar faces seemingly unrelated to the campaign are being rewarded, raises questions about the principles we hold dear. 

“We are therfore seeking your intervention to ensure equity and justice prevail, particularly for those of us who actively participated in the struggle and campaign to secure the victory,” the letter stated.

Prominent among those women, the letter noted, are Dr Asabe Vilita Bashiru (DG Campaign Council for Women) Hon Doyin Eshanomi (DG Gida-Gida Northern Women) who branded wrappar for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 across the 19 northern states, Hajia Mero Almakura the think-tank of Women Campaigning Council, Hon Wunmi Edet who worked with women across South/west, Barr Sadatu Mohammed who worked with women across North-west. 

The statement noted that most of those women worked day and night, but not rewarded rather a reliable source had it that names of all those mentioned were submitted for ministerial /executive positions, but dropped while some came through the back doors to reap from where they did not sow.

“Your Excellency, we are confident that your commitment to a government for all would prevail, and our appeal for immediate investigation and consideration in your administration would not go unheard as we trust in your wisdom to uphold the values that guided our collective efforts in realising your presidential goals.”