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Mrs Patience Jonathan, The First Lady on Friday urged Nigerian women to vote for her Husband, President Goodluck Jonathan. She advises not to vote for any politician who would not carry the womenfolk along in his administration as President Goodluck Jonathan started doing in his government.
During her speech at Civic Centre, Umuahia in Abia State, her maternal home she urged women to vote massively for President Goodluck Jonathan. The highlights of the well-attended ceremony also included the ground-breaking for the construction of a N500 million ultra-modern Ohuhu Civic Centre by Patience Jonathan.
The ceremony was attended by prominent politicians from Abia and Anambra, including Chief Arthur Eze, who donated N250 million towards the construction of the Civic Centre.
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“President Jonathan has met the 35 per cent Affirmative Action for the appointment of women into political positions in the country.
“The President has done a lot to tackle the developmental needs of the nation, in spite of the challenges and opposition against his administration,” the wife of the president said.
She further appealed to women to take advantage of their population to re-elect the President for a second tenure.
Jonathan said this was because women make up the majority of the population of Nigeria and constitute the greater majority of the electorate.
“Let us take advantage of our numerical strength to vote for the re-election of the President, because more Nigerian women had been appointed to political offices by Jonathan’s administration than past administrations.
“Nigerian women should no longer go back to the kitchen. It is not our portion to go back to the kitchen. We have women that are capable. We can contribute our quota to the development of Nigeria.
“We women are suffering but God will see us through,” she said, adding that the President had helped to alleviate the plight of Nigerian women.
Jonathan thanked the Ohuhu community for the honour done to her, saying she would all her life cherish the title of “Ngalari Ohuhu” (a golden daughter of Ohuhu) conferred on her.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, commended the First Lady and assured her that Abia would vote massively for the re-election of President Jonathan.