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The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Friday urged Nigerian
women not to vote for any politician who would not carry
the womenfolk along in his or her administration.
Mrs. Jonathan said this in her address at a civic reception
organised in her honour by the Ohuhu clan, her maternal
home in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia
State.
She urged women to vote massively for President Goodluck
Jonathan.
“He 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,” Mrs. Jonathan said.
She appealed to women to take advantage of their
population to re-elect the President for a second tenure.
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. 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.
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia, who was guest of honour at
the event, said his administration had received tremendous
support from President Jonathan and his wife.
Mr. Orji described the reception as well-deserved, saying it
was a rare privilege for a community to produce the wife of
the President.
He described Abia as predominantly PDP, assuring that its
people would vote massively for Jonathan during the
presidential election.
The President-General of Ohuhu Welfare Union, Godwin
Okengwu, said the people were happy to be related to
Patience Jonathan.
Mr. Okengwu described her as “an exemplary woman’’ and a
worthy ambassador of Ohuhu who had contributed
immensely to the development of the area and Nigeria in
general.
He described the event as “a home-coming” for Patience
Jonathan, saying the community “is proud of her”.
The Chairman of Ohuhu Traditional Rulers Council, Eze
Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, described the Ngalari title as
“dignifying”.
He said the title would be peculiar to Patience Jonathan and
would not be conferred on any other woman in the
community.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Okezie
Ikpeazu, commended the First Lady and assured her that
Abia would vote massively for the re-election of President
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 Arthur Eze, who donated N250
million towards the construction of the Civic Centre.
(NAN)

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