Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has warned women against voting for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, saying the retired soldier was planning to build prisons if elected into power.
Speaking at a rally organised by the women wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Akure, Ondo State, on Tuesday, the President’s wife said Nigerian women should reciprocate the gesture of her husband, who ensured that a large number of women was appointed into political offices during his administration.
She said the APC was a dying party that thrives on propaganda and lies, saying that women should not be deceived into “returning to bondage.”
She said, “If you vote Buhari, you vote for prison. When the PDP is busy building schools, they are busy thinking of building jails.
“We will not allow our children to be put in jail, God forbid. We pray for oneness, we pray for unity, we pray for peace.”
Patience urged the women to come out on Saturday and vote for “the government that has provided more access to education and health care and brought down by 50 per cent the maternal mortality rate.”
“He was a former Head of State, he did not build Almajiri schools. It was Goodluck Jonathan that built the schools.
“Ask him what he did for women when he was Head of State. It was Goodluck Jonathan that remembered women,” she said.
She also noted that the PDP government would increase the number of women in government to 45 per cent if returned on Saturday from the current 35 per cent.
“They said we should change, we can only move from bad to better, not from better to bad. Jonathan has done well and will do even better if returned. They have nothing to show,” she said.
She also promised to revive the works done by her predecessors, Mrs. Mariam Babangida and Maryam Abacha, in their efforts to better the lot of women.
Speaking earlier, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, said the President would get the maximum votes because of the impact of his programmes on the lives of the people of the state.
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