Why I visited PDP’s Secretariats – Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan

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By Akpeji Charles

The tension recently ignited by the visit of the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan to the National Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally been laid to rest.

The visit which many saw as a move for the Minister to return to the party that brought her to lime light was recently condemned by the minister herself who said the visit to the PDP national secretariat was to canvass for more space for women participation in politics.

In chart with media practitioners in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital Noted that the visits has began to yield positive pleading that should be given the much needed helping hands to achieve their political ambitions in the country.

Even though her visit was widely misunderstood the Minister says she would continue to work round the clock to ensure massive women participation in the forthcoming general polls slated for 2019.

According to her “I led a team from the ministry to pay courtesy visit on the leadership of political parties to lobby for more political space and support for Nigerian women.

“We have so far visited the All Progressives Congress (APC),  PDP and Labour party (LP) adding that the ” leaders are already working towards including some our suggestions in the amendment of their constitutions.”

“The team ” as stated by her will endeavor to “visit more political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) head office in the coming weeks for the same purpose.”

Dousing the tension and suspicious raised by her visits, she said “the rumour making the rounds that my visit to PDP has to do with a planned defection to the party is the handiwork of mischief makers.”

Alhassan explained that the global statistics revealed that Nigeria was far behind in terms of women participation in public offices.

The minister, who participated in the recent local government congresses of the APC, in the state observed that the global statistics revealed that Nigeria was far behind in terms of women participation in public offices

Commenting the congresses, she lauded that of Taraba state which according to her was transparent and peaceful adding that “There was consensus in all the sixteen local government areas of the state without any complain that would taken us into election.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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