Okene – Kogi State Auditor-General for Local Government, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the genuine platform for the emergence of a leadership that will bring succour to women in the state.
Ododo who spoke on the sideline of the APC Women Rally in Okene, headquarters of the Kogi Central Senatorial District noted that the APC government under the leadership of Governor Yahaha Bello has set an unprecedented record by the election and appointment of women into critical leadership positions in the state and at local government level.
According to him, under the present administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, women now occupy over 40 per cent of leadership positions in all the 21 local government areas of the state.
He described as the most crucial tier of government that brings development closer to the people.
“Apart from appointments to key cabinet positions in the state, you will recall that His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello worked in collaboration with the party leadership and members during the last local government election in the state to ensure that all vice chairmanship, council leadership and at least 4 councilorship positions across the 21 local government areas in the state were allocated to women.
” He is the only governor in Nigeria to be so gender-sensitive.
“Only an APC government can make this happen and we shall do even more for women for their support for the party, ” he said.
While commending the leadership of the Women Wing of APC in Kogi Central for their support for the government, he also charged them to vote for all the candidates of the party in next month’s general elections.
He called on women in Kogi Central to reject dubious claims by the opposition to represent their interest.
” Only the APC has what it takes to ensure that women of integrity and genuine love for the people are elected or appointed to positions of responsibility while others are adequately taken care of under the APC government in the state,” Ododo explained.
He cited the Reference Hospital Okene, new general hospitals in Adogo, Gegu and Okengwe and several other community health centers and schools established and renovated in Kogi central as testaments to the priority accorded to women and young people by the government of Governor Yahaya Bello in the last seven years of the New Direction administration in the state.
The APC Women rally in Okene which attracted nearly 100 women support groups and thousands of other APC supporters in the area is considered a clear statement to bolster the support base and influence of the party in the central senatorial district of Kogi State.