NEW POLITICAL PARTY LAUNCHES. INCLUDES AISHA BUHARI, DIEZANI, PATIENCE JONATHAN, NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AND FORMER FIRST LADIES

A new political party, known as the Alliance for Feminine Agenda, AFA, has sprung up, with former First Ladies, ex-female Ministers, and ex-Governors, queuing behind it.

The new political association, said it would approach the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the next seven days for registration.

The new political party is coming at a time, when the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, had threatened to dump her husband, if he eventually decides to contest in 2019, for the Presidential seat.

Present at the inaugural meeting held in Abuja, on Sunday evening, were: former Spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Chief Denis Aghauya, a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Jabi, Hajia Halima Turaki, Florence Wogu, Gladys Abubakar, Hajia Binta Umar, Hajia Gambo Abubakar, Hajia Jumai Lawal Yusuf, Princes Thomas.

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The promoters of the new party, said they have reached out to prominent Nigerians, like former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, former Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Petroleum Alison-Madueke, and many other women, to join the feminine party.

While speaking, Aghauya, who presided over the meeting, said the focus would be to mobilise energies in women, and youths in the country.

“It is an ideology driven by women in alliance with the men and youths, to ensure justice, equity, and unity, for the purpose of achieving a new dawn in the polity, so that we can achieve an ideal society, different from what we have witnessed since the independence of Nigeria.”

Also speaking, another prominent member, Wogu, revealed that when the party comes on board, it would pursue the idea of a part-time Legislature, adding that: “It is part of our plans to have all the Lawmakers having offices at their various constituencies, and only have to come to Abuja, whenever the need arises for meetings.

“Women should not be relegated to the background. We don’t believe in affirmative action. Both men and women should be equal,” she said.

They have however, set-up four sub-Committees which include: Manifesto Committee, Contact and Mobilisation, Finance and Constitution Committee, to make its activities go smoothly.

Source: Punch


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