Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has called on Nigerians not to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), because the APC standard bearer is too old and therefore unfit to rule.
The President’s wife, who spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital during the Peoples Democratic Party’s women campaign rally on Tuesday, also warned women against voting for Buhari because, according to her, the APC presidential candidate would put women in purdah and trample on their rights.
She added that old people might not reason very well because of their ageing mind.
She said, “Vote for my husband, Jonathan. Do not vote for Buhari. He is an old man. People when they become old may not reason well and their brain may even be dead.”
The President’s wife stated that women deserved to be given due recognition and opportunities and should not be relegated to the background.
She said Jonathan’s administration had given women more opportunities to actualise their dreams and showcase their potential.
Mrs. Jonathan said her husband’s administration had offered women great opportunities to be part of decision making in national governance.
She added that Nigerian women had also been empowered and provided jobs through the agricultural revolution and other Federal Government’s initiatives and interventions.
She called on the electorate to re-elect Jonathan, noting that the introduction of U-Win and the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme had created many jobs for the unemployed youths.
She said, “This administration identified and reckoned with women. Women were empowered; they were given opportunities to serve the nation and they performed creditably well to the admiration of the people.”
Also, the Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada (retd.), said Jonathan’s administration had ensured infrastructural and human capital development in the state.
He said the Jonathan’s administration had awarded contract for the rehabilitation of the Obajana-Kabba- Ilorin Road, which he said, had been abandoned in the last 20 years.