2023: Pick women as running mates, Aisha Buhari urges presidential aspirants
The wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari, has urged political parties to always consider women as running mates to candidates contesting elections for various positions across the country.
Aisha Buhari was speaking on Saturday night when she hosted Presidential Aspirants from various political parties for an Iftar at the State House, Abuja.
The Iftar was organised by the president’s wife to provide an opportunity for the aspirants to share love and happiness with one another in the spirit of Ramadan and in a quest for nation-building.
She said fair play for women in politics was to ensure their greater participation in elective positions.
"In fact, it is high time women are adopted as running mates at all levels considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes.
“As we approach the 2023 election with greater hope, I am confident that Nigeria will continue to grow from strength to strength on the pedestal of our democratic tenets,” she said.
The first lady enjoined the presidential hopefuls to remain focused on issues that strengthened the nation`s unity, brotherhood and national cohesion.
She, however, reminded her guests that, the 2015 election was a watershed in the history of Nigeria.
“It was neither contested in the court of law, nor in the court of public opinion.
“Therefore, the greatest end-of-tenure gift that fellow Nigerians can give to the first family is another free and globally-acknowledged fair election come 2023’,’ she appealed.
She urged all the aspirants to ensure tolerance, fair play and avoid violent tendencies by building bridges where necessary, especially during electioneering campaigns.
On his part, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, represented by a former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, urged all aspirants to play politics without bitterness.
Osinbajo said the event offered Nigerians from different faiths and backgrounds the opportunity to reunite with one another to foster unity.