The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has said that their members in Kogi will come out en-mass to support the late Abubakar Audu’s widow, Prof. Aisha Audu, in the forthcoming Kogi elections.
The group said this is in fulfilment of its organisational mandate of supporting female political aspirants that approach it, irrespective of their parties.
National President NCWS, Gloria Shoda, made the statement in Abuja, at a press conference in support of Audu’s candidacy.
She stated, “She is a self-motivated and thorough professional with proven track record, skilled in international negotiations and financial advisory; she has extensive experience in managing projects, leading consulting teams and providing management consulting, workforce and organisational development.”
Speaking, Audu said she has international connections and contacts that can make Kogi rich by embarking on citizen-oriented projects.
The aspirant, who said she cries for Kogi because of the level of violence that has taken over the streets, added that Boko Haram might find a way of infiltrating into such a situation if care is not taken.
Her words: “I will stand by Nigerian women. God always does things at his own time. When the primaries took place, I did not desire to emerge as a governorship candidate; it was not my desire at any point but I am a mother and I stood by my sons and my brother-in-law, all in the bid to see that we are given the chance to exhibit what we learnt from the legacy of our great hero, Prince Abubakar Audu. It is indeed not a family legacy as people say, but what is a right is that you have equal ability to explore to see how you can also serve your people.
“The day that some parties where withdrawn was the day that I was put into the race as a substitution. I am bringing this forward because I know that Kogi women loved all that was done for them during our administration. I was then the first lady and had a pet project called the Family Care Programme (FACA). I presently have a number of programmes that the Kogi women and youths have been benefiting from for the past one year.”