The Ghana chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has encouraged the party’s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to choose a female running mate.
Oghenosa Micheletti, the chairman of the APC in Ghana, made the request in a statement on Friday.
Micheletti noted that Tinubu’s choice of a female, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele (1999-2003) as deputy governor, contributed to his succes as governor of Lagos.
Micheletti, who is also the Treasurer of the APC Diaspora Chairmen Forum, congratulated Tinubu on his selection as the party’s presidential candidate, saying that Tinubu’s candidacy will bring in the Nigeria that everyone had envisioned.
“What this also means is that when Tinubu wins, Nigeria will have its first female vice president that will go down in history.
“Tinubu’s candidature will ensure victory for APC in 2023 and ultimately, the consolidation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacies.
“With a female vice presidential candidate, Tinubu will be the first presidential candidate of a ruling party to do so, and it will usher in the gender balance that some of us advocate for.
“Tinubu shall consolidate on infrastructure, confront decisively the insecurity challenges in the country, and address the economy, using a more magnifying Lagos State template for the nation”, he said.
According to him, the APC, through its primary, has again shown Nigerians that it remains a truly progressive party.
“The landslide victory of our Leader, Tinubu is an indication that our delegates made the right choice; his popularity and acceptance as the only formidable politician that can guarantee victory for our party in the general election is evident in the wide margin of results at the primaries.
“No doubt his track record as a true democrat and impactful leader through the years, is an undeniable factor in his triumph.”
The APC Ghana chairman also applauded the party’s national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, for organising a free and fair primary election, where the will of the people prevailed.
“We appreciate our president, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for his exemplary leadership, particularly for not imposing any candidate on the party.
“We also congratulate all the aspirants for displaying great sportsmanship, which has added value to our democratic system.
“It is now time to close ranks and unite the party for the tasks ahead. The party leadership must reach out to all aggrieved members, especially the aspirants in the contest and their followers, because we are one family that can only win in 2023 with a united front”, Micheletti added.
He, therefore, pledged the support of members of the party in Ghana for the APC in the 2023 General Elections.