Leadership (Abuja)

21 January 2013

Nigeria: CPC Merger Plans Will Give Nigeria a Better Tommorow - Committee

The merger of some political parties with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) will offer Nigerians the opportunity to have a responsible and resposive government in 2015, a CPC chieftain has said.

Mrs Lucy Ajayi, the only female member of the merger committee of the CPC, made the assertion on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

She said, "The purpose of merger is for the parties that know their worth and are ready to negotiate with respect, understanding, and modesty to form a party focusing on better tomorrow."

On the constitution review, Ajayi commended the National Assembly (NASS) for seeking divergent views from Nigerians.

She called on NASS to put 35 per cent affirmative action for women in the amended constitution, as this would enable more women partake in the decision making process and contribute their quota towards national development.

According to her, the 35 per cent affirmative action will motivate Nigerian women to participate in politics and vie for political offices of their choice.

She urged the existing political parties to empower their female memers so as to give them a sense of belonging.

Ajayi lauded the CPC for encouraging its female members to obtain nomination forms for elective offices free.

"I am happy that CPC is giving us ample opportunity; many parties are passive about women offering their service to the nation," she said.

Ajayi also urged all other women in the country to imbibe positive attitude towards politics, as the best avenue to serve the nation well and touch as many lives as possible.

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