|Sen. Aisha Alhassan|
Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the 2015 gubernatorial candidate for the APC in Taraba, has called on Nigerian women to support her toward achieving victory at the tribunal in her governorship race.
Aisha made the call at a “Thank You Iftar/dinner’’ with Nigerian women on Thursday in Abuja.
She said that her victory at the tribunal, as the first elected female governor in Nigeria, would be a breakthrough for women within and outside the shores of the country.
“While thanking you again for standing by me through these turbulent waters of politics, always remember to put this project in your prayers.
“Victory at the tribunal will be a victory and breakthrough for women, not only in Nigeria but also everywhere.
“What we are doing is not for us and our children but for posterity,” Alhassan said.
She acknowledged the support she received from various women groups, adding that it had accorded her strength to thrive in the political terrain perceived to be exclusive to the male folk.
She, however, said that her participation in the governorship election had aroused so much controversy hence the need for women to be duly informed.
“After the PDP candidate was returned and declared winner of the gubernatorial election of Taraba, I filed a petition challenging the outcome of the election.
“My petition was premised on the fact that the election was marred by widespread irregularities which was contrary to the Nigerian Constitution and Electoral Act,” she said.
The Senator said that the irregularities distorted her mandate and the yearnings of Nigerian women for a female governor.
She further said that the petition was presently being considered; adding that exchange of pleadings had been concluded.
She expressed optimism that her chances of gaining victory over the governorship race were high, adding that it was the era of change.
“I have confidence that we shall succeed at the tribunal because this is the era of change and the full observance of the rule of law.
“It is not the era of impunity and subversion of justice,” Alhassan said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Women in Politics Forum and WRAPA, NGOs, were some of the women groups and civil society organisations in attendance.
Others are Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Women Change Advocates (WCA), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and Federation of International Lawyers (FIDA). (NAN)
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