The Ghana Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has encouraged the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, to select a female running mate.
Mr Oghenosa Micheletti, Chairman of the APC Ghana, made the appeal in a statement on Friday, recalling that Tinubu, who ran with a female running mate, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele ((1999-2003), assisted him in running a successful government.
Micheletti stated that Tinubu’s choice of a female deputy governor resulted in the development of several female deputy governors in Lagos State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), apart from Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, who served as deputy to former Lagos State Governor Michael Otedola from 1992 to 1993, the state has benefited from having female deputy governors thanks to Tinubu’s backing.
Sarah Sosan (2007-2011), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2011-2015), and Dr. Oluranti Adebule are among them (2015-2019).
According to NAN, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has allowed the presidential and governorship candidates of the 18 registered political parties eight days to select and submit their running mates lists.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, issued the directive on Thursday in Abuja during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
Micheletti, who is also the Treasurer of the APC Diaspora Chairmen Forum, congratulated Tinubu on his election as APC Presidential Candidate, saying the former Lagos State governor’s candidacy will bring in the Nigeria that everyone had envisioned.
“This also means that if Tinubu is elected, Nigeria would have its first female vice president, which will go down in history.”
“Tinubu’s nomination will secure APC triumph in 2023 and, eventually, the consolidation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacies.”
“With a female vice presidential candidate, Tinubu will be the first president of a ruling party to do so, ushering in the gender balance that some of us call for.”
“Tinubu would consolidate infrastructure, attack the country’s insecurity concerns firmly, and approach the economy using a more magnifying Lagos State blueprint for the nation.”
According to him, the APC’s primaries have once again demonstrated to Nigerians that it is a truly progressive party.
“Our Leader, Tinubu’s landslide victory shows that our delegates made the right decision; his popularity and acceptance as the only formidable politician capable of ensuring victory for our party in the general election is reflected in the large margin of results at the primaries.”
“There is no doubt that his track record as a true democrat and impactful leader throughout the years has been an irrefutable element in his win.”
The APC Ghana chairman also praised the party’s national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, for organizing a free and fair primary election in which the people’s will prevailed.
“We thank our president, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his exceptional leadership, notably his refusal to impose a candidate on the party.”
“We also congratulate all aspirants on their outstanding sportsmanship, which has enhanced the worth of our democratic system.” “It is now time to close ranks and unite the party for the challenges ahead.” “The party leadership must reach out to all disgruntled members, particularly contestants and their supporters, because we are one family that can only win in 2023 with a united front,” Micheletti continued.
As a result, he assured the support of APC members in Ghana for the APC in the 2023 General Elections.
Tinubu won the APC Presidential Primary on Wednesday, defeating 13 other candidates for the party’s nomination.