18th January, 2022
By Emmanuel Mogbede/Abuja
No fewer than 600 Women groups, drawn from different parts of the country, will on Tuesday, Jan. 25, converge in Abuja for a solidarity walk for Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
The walk is tagged: “One Million Women March for GYB (Gov. Yahaya Bello).
Dr Hanatu Adeeko, Global Coordinator of Women United For Yahaya Bello (WUYABEL) announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
She said the gathering would be the first of its kind, especially now that the political stage was almost set for the 2023 presidential election.
She said the women groups would be drawn from Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society organisations, religious, professional bodies, women in media, politics and market women.
She said that top women entrepreneurs, among others, would also be part of the gathering to drum support for the Bello as the country prepared for the 2023 presidential election.
According to her, the women groups, having come to the obvious conclusion that the nation requires one with pedigree, youthfulness and capacity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, had taken it upon themselves to collectively canvas support for Bello.
To them, Bello has demonstrated the ability to resolve the myriads of challenges confronting the country.
She added that the women see Bello as a governor who had redefined governance in Kogi with sterling and verifiable performance, especially in the areas of women and youths empowerment, poverty alleviation programs, massive infrastructure development, and health care delivery among others.
Adeeko noted that Bello had empowered and supported women to grow, saying that no state in Nigeria had given more positions to women than the Kogi governor.
“And sincerely, the state is getting it right in critical areas. We want to encourage other Governors to walk the talk by standing with that one Governor that has made us proud.
“Bello must know that once he has women on his side, he can go to sleep, we believe in his capacity and will make it happen.
“This will be the first in a long while that women on their own will come together in their numbers to speak with one voice.
“We are coming to Abuja to demand that the status quo must be changed, this is the time for us to yield power to younger people, especially those who have given a good account of themselves in other places they have rendered service,”Adeeko said.
She said the women had observed closely, aspirants showing interest in the 2023 presidency and would continue to speak out to ensure the desired change in the interest of all.
“This is the reason different women groups are coming to Abuja to say it loud and clear that it is Yahaya Bello or nobody,” he said.
She expressed optimism that Bello’s presidency would usher in a breath of fresh air and appealed to Nigerians from all walks of life to support the project, assuring that it would be a clear departure from the old order.