The Ghana chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged the party’s presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu, to pick a female as his running mate.
In a statement on Friday, the Chairman of APC Ghana, Mr. Oghenosa Micheletti, reminded Tinubu how he fielded a female running mate, Mrs. Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, from 1999-to 2003, that helped him run a successful government.
Micheletti noted that Tinubu’s choice of a female as deputy led to the emergence of many women as deputy governors in Lagos State.
Micheletti, who is also the Treasurer of the APC Diaspora Chairmen Forum, congratulated Tinubu on his emergence as APC Presidential Candidate, adding that the former Lagos State governor’s candidature would usher in a Nigeria that everyone envisaged.
“This also means 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. It will usher in the gender balance that some of us advocate for.
“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 organizing 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.
Tinubu won the APC Presidential Primary on Wednesday, beating 13 other aspirants to clinch the party’s ticket.
“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.”
According to him, the APC, through its primaries, has again shown Nigerians that it remains a truly progressive party.