Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar

Mrs Jennifer Abubakar, wife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged Imo women to elect leaders who will improve the lives of women and children.

Mrs Abubakar gave the charge during a town hall meeting with Imo women and youths in Owerri on Thursday.

She advised the women to make the most use of their position as “amazons of democracy” to secure good leadership for their children.

She lamented that “failures of past leaders of the country resulted in sufferings for both women and youths who bear the brunt of bad leadership”.

Mrs Abubakar urged the women to support her husband, Atiku Abubakar and his vice, Dr Peter Obi, to win the 2019 presidential election so as to secure a better future for their children.

The wife of PDP presidential candidate said the meeting was aimed at identifying the needs of women whom she described as the “bedrock of the nation”.

Contributing, wife of the vice presidential candidate of the party, Mrs Margaret Obi, urged the women to shun efforts meant to deceive them into voting in leaders who lack “credentials of office”.

Earlier, wife of Imo governorship candidate of the party, Mrs Ebere Ihedioha, stressed the need for leaders who would move the country forward and “solve the problems created by poor leadership”.

Mrs Ihedioha said the meeting was part of the fight against bad governance and ensuring that the lives of women and youths were greatly improved.

Speaking, former minister of State for Education, Prof Viola Onwuliri, stressed the need for a “gender friendly” leadership for the country.

She said that the duo of Abubakar and Obi would recognise the important roles women played in the development of a country and ensure they participated actively in governance.

Contributing, Dr Kema Chikwe, former minister of Aviation, urged the youths to support the PDP presidential candidate, saying they were often the worst hit by consequences of bad leadership.

She urged them to ensure they secured their permanent voter cards and vote in the upcoming elections.

The deputy national women leader of PDP, Hajia Hamzat Umar, advised the women and youths to ensure their votes counted by accompanying the collating officers to the collation centres to guard their votes.

The Imo governorship candidate of PDP, Dr Emeka Ihedioha, said the party would restore the dignity, values and pride of the people of Imo when voted into office.

“Atiku Abubakar is not just our in-law, he is not just our friend or our boss, he is a man that is restoring the dignity of the Igbo man.

“Atiku is here to restore the pride and dignity of the Igbo people.

“A man who houses our sister in his bedroom, he moves with her and confides in her, what more love do we need from such a man”, Ihedioha said.

Earlier, Mrs Abubakar paid courtesy visits to the palace of Obi of Obiagwu, the Catholic Diocese of Imo, Chief Emmanuel Nwanyanwu and former governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, where she received overwhelming assurances of massive mobilisation and support for her husband.

Mrs Abubakar later played host to the presidents general of various town unions, representing the 674 autonomous communities and 27 local government areas of Imo.

The group, led by its national president, Chief Emeka Diwe, assured the duo of Mrs Abubakar and Mrs Obi of taking the voter’s education down to the grassroots, with the mandate to mobilising the people to vote massively for the PDP in the forthcoming general elections.

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