ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has pledged to uplift women and close the gender gap when elected into the office.
He said this in reaction to criticism he had not opted for a female official as a running mate.
“For those that were hoping that we could have gone for a female running mate with the potential of producing the first female deputy governor of Edo State, I want to sincerely seek their understanding of the peculiarity of the time,” he said.
“Let me put it on record that we intend to run a very gender sensitive administration in which the women-folk will be accorded equitable consideration with regards to political appointments, employment and empowerment,” Ize-Iyamu said.
The governorship hopeful added that women would not be consigned to menial duties and barely profitable endeavours.
“We recognize the cohesive, productive and prudential capacities of women. We therefore shall maximally, equitably and gainfully employ them for the benefit of our dear state and the advancement of womenfolk in all areas of responsibility.”
He commended the acceptance of Honorable John Yakubu as his running mate.
Ize-Iyamu also expressed gratitude to his friends and political associates.
“We will not disappoint them but rather will include them in our plan of action, pre and post election,” he said.
Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress is the incumbent.
– CAJ News