Former Director of Federal Airport Authority, Hajiya Salamatu Umar-Eluma has been sworn-in as, and becomes the new National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s on National Convention held on weekend.
Hajiya Salamatu Umar-Eluma
She emerged after an affirmative votes by the party’s delegates from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory at the party’s National Convention which began on Saturday in Abuja.
Her election, along with other positions was announced by Chairman of the Convention Organising Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, the governor of Jigawa state.
Kogi State born women leader has succeeded Dr. Ramatu Tijiani Aliyu, whose tenure as national women leader of the party, ends on Monday.
Speaking to the press after being sworn in, she restated her dire commitment to run women inclusive tenure that will champion and create opportunities to enable women to come up to the political stage in Nigeria, not merely card-carrying members.
“This is a dream coming into reality. I will use my position to fight for the inclusion of women in political processes by creating opportunities that will get them involve fully in politics not staying behind as card-carrying members only.”
She also used the opportunity to affirmed President Buhari second tenure bid and asked all Nigerians to vote him as he is still the best alternative and he has done well in all sectors despite dwindling revenue.
“President Buhari has performed extremely well in all sectors, and all Nigeria patriotics should put hands on deck to ensure he won second term by voting massively for him. He is doing wonderful well and deserved and earned our votes.”
However, results of the polling which began at about 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, with intermittent disruptions over delegates’ lists, especially from states that had parallel congresses, were still awaited as at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Indeed, voting by delegates from Imo was stopped following fierce altercations over which list from the state would be honoured with privilege to vote.
The same situation played out in Delta stand where members twice, Saturday and Sunday morning, tried to settle the logjam through fisticuff, but for the intervention of security agencies.
Pamela Ogwata-James Reporting.