Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday said because of the trust her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan has in women, he put the fate of Nigeria’s economy in their hands.
Two key ministries – Finance and Petroleum Resources – are headed by women. Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits atop the Ministry of Finance while Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, is the first female Minister of Petroleum Resources.
The first lady spoke at the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.
Mrs. Jonathan, who spoke for about five minutes, appealed to Nigerian women to re-elect Jonathan come February 14.
According to her, the ruling PDP is the only party that remembers women as it has given them key portfolios in the Federal Executive Council.
She also claimed that the opposition APC wished the country’s women no good.
“Nigeria women, are you there? Are you there? This is my constituency. PDP is the answer. PDP is the only party that has given women 35 percent (affirmative action)…So, this is the time for us to pay back to PDP and Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
“Not only that, they trust and believe that we women are trustworthy, they gave us the portfolio that we can coordinate the economy of this country. The economy of this country is in the hands of women of Nigeria and we have improved the economy… So, Nigerian women, come out on February 14 and vote for Jonathan/Sambo ticket”, the first lady said.