By Rukayat Adeyemi
A socio-political group, Women Supporting Women For Greater Heights, has appealed to the All Progressives Party (APC), Lagos State Chapter, to consider a female representative to substitute Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila’s seat at the House of Representatives.
The group’s President, Mrs Bolanle Oyeyemi, made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
Oyeyemi said the replacement became necessary following the appointment of Gbajabiamila, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu.
She expressed belief in the policy of APC as a party that craves for women inclusion in politics.
The president said the group had nominated Hon. Jamila Mu’azu-Olukosi as a replacement for the House of Representatives member for Surulere Federal Constituency 1.
“This is coming at the heels of a purported publication by some faceless individuals claiming that one Hon. Fuad Laguda, currently the APC Chairman of Surulere Local Government Area, has been unanimously annointed to replace the former speaker.
“Mu’azu- Olukosi has contested four times, paid for the nomination forms, mobilised people massively, but was told to step down and she did because of her believe in the party supremacy.
“Reports indicated that Muazu-Onikosi, asides being a dedicated card carrying member of APC Lagos state, has empowered many people in her constituency.
“Now that there is an opening, they should consider her interest and unwavering supports for the party,” she said.
According to her, the nomination of a female representative is an opportunity for the party to promote women inclusiveness, and affirmation as promised by president Tinubu during the general elections.
Oyeyemi said the choice of a woman would also discourage an alledged cabal of men making mockery of democracy, by denying women who are eager to make the desired change and needed developmental political inclusions in our nation.
She charged the president and other eminent leaders of the party to wade into the matter to ensure that the 35 per cent affirmative for women inclusion pledged by Tinubu is fulfilled.