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2023 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: AISHA BUHARI HOSTS PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS,WITH ALL OF THEM ADVOCATING PEACEFUL ELECTION EXCEPT TINUBU WHO DID NOT COMMENT THROUGHOUT THE EVENT

2023 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: AISHA BUHARI HOSTS PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS,WITH ALL OF THEM ADVOCATING PEACEFUL ELECTION EXCEPT TINUBU WHO DID NOT COMMENT THROUGHOUT THE EVENT

The Nigerian  first lady, Aisha Buhari has urged  political parties to always consider women as running mates to candidates contesting elections into various positions across the country.

She was speaking on Saturday night when she  hosted Presidential Aspirants from various political parties to a Ramadan (Iftar) breakfast at the State House, Abuja.

Equity News Track  reports that the Iftar was organised by the first lady to provide opportunity for the aspirants to share love and happiness with one another in the spirit of Ramadan and in a quest for nation building.

She said, fair-play for women in politics was to ensure their greater participation in elective positions.

According to her “ In fact, it is high time women are adopted as running mates at all levels considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes.

Aisha Buhari is of the opinion that “As we approach the 2023 election with greater hope,  I am confident that Nigeria will continue to grow from strength to strength on the pedestal of our democratic tenets” she said.

The first lady, enjoined the presidential aspirants  to remain focused on issues that strengthened  the nation`s unity, brotherhood and national cohesion.

Buhari,  however, reminded her guests that, the 2015 election was a watershed in the history of Nigeria.

“ It was neither contested in the court of law, nor in the court of public opinion.

“Therefore, the greatest end-of-tenure gift that fellow Nigerians can give to the first family is another free and globally-acknowledged fair election come 2023’,’ she appealed.

She equally  urged all the aspirants to ensure tolerance, fair-play and avoid violent tendencies by building bridges where necessary, especially during electioneering campaigns.

On his part, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, represented by a former  Governor of Edo,  Prof.  Oserheimen Osunbor, urged all aspirants to play politics without bitterness.

Osinbajo said the event offered Nigerians from different faiths and background the opportunity to reunite with one another to foster unity.

“ It is an opportunity for aspirants from various political parties to meet one another and the lesson we should learn from here is to practice politics without bitterness as we move closer to election year.

According to the Vice President who is equally a Presidential hopeful “ We should try to imbibe the spirit of oneness because at the end of the only one person is going to emerge winner of the Presidential election next year.

“ So, it is not going to be do-or-die affairs, we should learn to practise politics without bitterness, ’’ he said.

On his part, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and APC aspirant,  expressed appreciation to the first lady for bringing the presidential aspirants together to foster unity and nation cohesion.

“ I must also thank you because this should be about our nation, about our patriotism, we should always place our nation above our individual interests.

“ As we have aspired to lead this nation, I think that Nigerians should be able to evaluate, is not going to be promises, is going to be ticking the box.

“ The opportunity given  to us as leaders, what did we do with it, so, this kind of gathering is highly encouraged because it  is going to douse a lot of tensions,’’ he said.

Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and PDP presidential aspirant , said the gathering was historic going by the calibre of people in attendance

All the Presidential aspirants who attended the event spoke excluding the APC National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is also showing enormous interest in the Presidential race.

The rationale behind Tinubu sitting all through the event without making any comment was unknown as at the time of filing this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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