The First Lady of Kebbi State, Her Excellency Dr. Zainab Shinkfi Bagudu has received Hon Zahra’u Wali and her entourage at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, 5/05/2022.

Hon Zahrau, the former Special Adviser to the Governor of Kebbi State on Women and Social Development, is vying for the position of the Kebbi State House of Assembly Member representing Kalgo.

She had just received her form at the APC state Headquarters.

The aspirant was accompanied by the state Party Women Leader, Aisha Gunabi, Her Deputy, Jameela Babah, and Zonal women leaders- Shafa Bala (Kebbi South), Talatu Ba’ara (Kebbi North), and Zuwaira Bunza (Kebbi Central).

Also on the entourage were the entire Kalgo Local Government Ward Exco, ward Chairmen, 16 elected Female Councillors, Female Area Development Councillors, Female APC party members, and other stakeholders.

The visit was to present her form to the mother of the state and champion for women and seek more support.

In her remarks, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu expressed her excitement to be receiving the delegation and the form. She described the APC as a female-friendly Party as evidenced by the decision to give female aspirants free forms.

Equally, she described the administration of Sen Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in Kebbi state as gender-balanced as women have been prioritized through various women-centered programs.

She added that “It is important to carry women along decision-making activities to represent the interest of women with attention to religious guidelines. This is why over 50 women have been appointed into the recently constituted Area Development Councils across the state,”

Her Excellency went on to say that “Considering the precedence, Kebbi ought to set the pace in women’s inclusion in the 2023 elections”.

She further described Hon Zahrau as a woman who has demonstrated the zeal and the commitment to deliver in the state house of Assembly and assured her and other female aspirants of her full support during the campaign. Finally, she pleaded for the support of the male leaders to make this happen.

Speaking earlier, the State Party Women Leader, Hajiya Aisha Gunabi explained the purpose of the visit as one to show their mother the just obtained form in line with tradition.

She said that “The delegation is made up of women the First Lady had supported to clinch positions in state politics”.

The state party Chairman, Alh Abubakar Kana Zuru in an address at the party headquarters earlier where the aspirant received the form, welcomed Hon Zahrau’s candidacy saying “As Special Adviser she has been involved in the Government’s effort to improve the livelihood of women and as such she is aware of the priority the party and the government of Kebbi placed on the female gender,”

He added that “The party is hopeful that more women will come out to obtain forms for the 2022 elections”.

The gathering also witnessed goodwill messages from the former commissioner of women’s affairs and current board member of FMC Yola, Haj Habiba Ibrahim, Ameerah of Fomwan, and Kalgo LGA Party Exco among others.

Source, Muktar Abubakar Bagudos, Special Adviser To The Governor

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