Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Mobilise 1,000 New PDP Members, Get N100,000-Chikwe

The national Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs Kema Chikwe has said that the sum of N100, 000 will be given to any female member that mobilizes 1000 new women to join the party.

Chikwe said this in Abuja at the PDP E-Women Conference with the theme 'Empowerment Strategies for the Woman,' held at main Hall of National University Commission (NUC).

"Ten forms will be handed over to each of you. My challenge to you today is to introduce ten of your friends who can also come on board our party to mobilize new members.

"These ten friends will in turn be given ten forms to introduce their friends to the party. When this process is done, there will be 110 new dynamic political young female members under each h of you. You will serve as team leaders in this link of 110 members. You will have support, leadership and management under Ward, Local Government, Zonal, Regional and State Woman Leaders. Anybody that reaches 1000 margin is entitled to N100, 000," PDP Woman Leader said.

Mrs Chikwe appealed to the gathering of PDP women from across the country to avail themselves of the opportunity provided on the occasion of the E- Women Conference by filling the political vacuum.

She said, "This initiative is rooted in my belief that there is a vacuum in the political sphere in our great country, underpinned by a noticeable gap in the participation of young, dynamic, intelligent generation of young women in politics.

"Most of you have successful female politicians as role models. You have hopes and aspirations, dreams on how to be politically relevant in one way or another, to assume positions of power, to make a positive change, or simply to contribute or have your say in politics.

"This initiative is for you. It will provide you ample opportunities for you to live your dreams and participate in the political mainstream, under the umbrella and guidance of the biggest political party in Africa, PDP. By coming here today and being a part of this invigorating historical event, your time is now, your time is today."

In his remarks at the occasion, PDP national chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who was represented by PDP deputy national chairman Dr Sam Sam Jaja charged Nigerian women to give support to fellow women seeking political positions in the country, as the only way to ensure that they have input into policy formulations that would ultimately affect them.

Tukur voiced satisfaction that women in the PDP are taking the advantage provided by the party to level with men in party politics.

"The greatest setback to women empowerment is women themselves. They will rather support a man in an election than support one of their own. But things are changing; they are now coming out in droves to challenge the men for political offices. Our party, the PDP is the only political party that has ensured that women are entitled to nomination forms, free of charge.

"By 2015, women will occupy nothing less than fifty percent in political positions in this country. You will achieve that feat, if you pay attention to all that you will be taught today," the PDP boss added.

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