A poster of President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) is displayed side by side with leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari along the highway in L ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Sokoto - No fewer than 750 women from the 23 local governments of Sokoto State on Tuesday defected to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The women led by their leader, Hajiya Luba Dubai, were received into the PDP fold by the wife of the state chairman of the party, Hajiya Sa'adiya Milgoma, at the party's women rally in Sokoto, on Tuesday.
"The new entrants will be treated equally and fairly, and we should all work to ensure the success of the party at the forthcoming polls at all levels," Milgoma assured the defectors.
Also speaking, a former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Maryam Chiroma, appealed to Nigerians, especially women, not to be deceived.
"The re-election of Jonathan will ensure the continuation of the of his transformation agenda.
"The Nigerian women should use their population and voting power to re-elect Jonathan".
In her remarks, Sarah Jubril, the Special Assistant to the President on Ethics, maintained that President Jonathan had treated the north-west fairly and deserved to be re-elected.
A member of PDP board of trustees, Rabi Ibrahim, said that ''Jonathan is the first gender-friendly (President) Nigeria has ever had since independence".
She particularly applauded the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for her efforts in uplifting the living standard of women in the country.
"Mrs Jonathan cares about the Nigerian woman and she is passionate about improving the lives of the Nigerian children and other vulnerable groups," she said.
In her remarks, Ramatu Bala, the Special Assistant to the President on Women Empowerment, also called on women in the country to re-elect President Jonathan for the sustenance of peace, unity and national cohesion.
The wife of the Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Hajiya Kulu Shagari, wife of the PDP gubernatiorial candidate in the state, Hajiya A'ishatu Wali and the PDP Women Leader, Hajiya Kulu Rabah, respectively assured that women in the state would massively vote for the party's candidates at all levels.