APC Encourages Women To Teach Their Children Against Election Violence
Women aspiring for political post in the 2019 general elections in Ebonyi State have been promised by the All Progressives Congress to get free nomination forms.
Chief Eze Nwachukwu, the APC Chairman in the state, revealed this while opening the APC Ebonyi Women Stakeholders meeting in Abakaliki on Sunday.
He stated that the move is drived at encouraging more women to come on board of the political activities.
Nwachukwu urged women to support the emergence of more women in office and those interested should take advantage of the opportunity givent to them.
He commended the women and organisers of the meeting, urging them to make the women’s meeting more regular.
“We are promising that our great party will give out free nomination forms to women aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Ebonyi and this is in line with our party’s policy.
“The gesture is to demonstrate that our great party is gender sensitive and also intended to encourage more qualified women to participate actively in elective political positions.
“Women were given free nomination forms during our congresses and we are going to demonstrate a similar gesture in the election because women have the more numerical strength and vote more than men during elections,’’ Nwachukwu said.
Women were urged to resist all forms of intimidation, monetary inducements and harassment from desperate politicians.
He further urged women to get their Permanent Voter Cards and not to sell their vote for any price.
Women were advised to teach their children not be an instrument of violence during the 2019 general elections in the state.
“You must not sell your voter’s cards because your PVCs are your power and legal mandate to make the change we all need.
“Those who are yet to register should go and register, while all who registered but have not obtained the voter’s cards should go to the INEC local government area offices to collect them,’’ he added.
Mrs. Modesta Nwogbaga, the Convener of the meeting, said that it was a platform to reach out to women with a view to sensitising them on the need to participate actively in the forthcoming general elections.
Nwogbaga, Coordinator of the 2019 Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Initiative for Ebonyi, said that the meeting provided a forum to engage the women, encourage them to register and collect their PVCs, as well as sensitise them to resist vote selling, intimidation and harassment.
She stated that the party will support the emergence of women in political positions in 2019.
“Under the APC watch, the capacity and political potential of women politicians are being enhanced and deployed to produce governors, more Senators, House of Representatives members, state legislators and even the president of this country,’’ Nwogbaga said.
She called for sustained support from Ebonyi women to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to enable the administration to continue in its delivery of democracy dividends to the people.
Mrs. Nwogbara also urged women to support the emergence of credible candidates under the APC platform for the various elective positions in 2019.
Nkwegu advised women to ensure that they vote in large numbers and to ensure that their votes count in the elections.
Mrs. Josephine Elechi, the wife of the immediate past Governor of Ebonyi, urged the women to shun vices that could make them compromise their conscience during the elections.
She called on the women to participate actively in the 2019 electoral processes, including going out to register, collecting their PVCs as well as voting in the elections.