Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s first lady, has requested that all presidential aspirants across parties lines to adopt women as their running mates in the 2023 general election. Mrs. Buhari made the call when she hosted 2023 presidential aspirants from various political parties to Iftar, at the State House Conference Center (old banquet hall), Abuja, on Saturday, April 23.
In her speech, considering the voting strength and involvement of women in politics, they should be adopted as running mates in the forthcoming elections.
“In fact, it is high time women are adopted as running mates at all levels, considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes. As we approach the 2023 elections with greater hope, I am confident that Nigeria will continue to grow from strength to strength on the pedestal of our democratic tenets.”she said
The First Lady also pleaded with the aspirants to ensure that the forthcoming elections are fair and free.
Citing the 2015 elections that brought in her husband as president, she urged the aspirants to emulate same in the 2023 elections.
“It was neither contested in the court of law, nor in the court of public opinion. Therefore, the greatest end-of-tenure gift that fellow Nigerians can give to the first family is another free and globally-acknowledged fair election come 2023.”she said