It is not enough for women to vote in the presidential and other elections coming up from next week, they should also protect their votes, wife of the Presidential flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr (Mrs) Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar has advised.
At a Town Hall meeting to push the Atiku/Obi presidential ticket in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Duoglas-Abubakar said: ““I am so overwhelmed by the warm reception accorded me. I want you to know that I am one of you. All the women that have come here today, please, I enjoin you to to vote and protect your votes. Deliver your vote and that of your extended families for Atiku come February 16 and get Nigeria working again.
“If they like they should bring in people from Niger and Sudan. We will bring from Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Lagos and all parts of the country. You should rise up and protect your votes. We cannot get there if you don’t pick your PVC, your PVC is the only way you can vote Atiku in. Bring all your household vote and protect your votes, to make sure your vote counts. Bayelsa women, you gallantly opposed the military in their armoured vehicle in time past, in defence of democracy, you can do it again.”
Mrs Abubakar, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming reception accorded her and her team that included wife of the Vice Presidenial candidate, Mrs. Margate Obi, wife of the PDP National Chairman, Deaconess Ene Secondus, PDP Deputy National Woman leader, Hajia Hadizat Umoru and Senator (Mrs) Chris Anyanwu.
She assured the women that her husband’s policy is gender inclusive, beckoning on them to come out en mass and vote for her husband.
On her part wife of the PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Mrs Margaret Obi, extolled the role Gov. Dickson played in the unity of PDP, stressing that Bayelsa played a vital role in the emergence of Atiku as the PDP presidential flag bearer for the 2019 election polls.
Mrs Obi further informed Bayelsa women that an Atiku’s/Obi government has promised that 70 per cent of his government will constitute women and youths.
Also speaking at the event, Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, assured Atiku Abubakar that he does not need to campaign in Bayelsa because Bayelsa is the headquarters of PDP, affirming that his victory at the forthcoming polls come is assured.
Governor Dickson stated that “Bayelsa is the headquarters of PDP in Nigeria. I have already assured Atiku Abubakar that he does not need to campaign in Bayelsa state, because all our votes are for him.”
He charged them to vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming polls and to also refuse to be intimidated.
Governor Dickson however, tasked Mrs Abubakar to remember Bayelsa women after the victory and offer them appointments.