Emulate political perseverance of Buhari, Tallen urges female politicians
A former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen, on Thursday, urged female candidates contesting for different political positions, to emulate the political perseverance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mrs Tallen stated this in Keffi, at a Capacity Strengthening and Training for Female Candidates of Nasarawa State, organised by the Association for the Advancement of Women In Nigeria (ASSAWIN) in collaboration with UN Women and Afri Foundation, in Keffi.
She enjoined female candidates not to be discouraged if they lost elections because Buhari contested and lost three times, not until the fourth time before he won.
“If the President gave up when he contested and lost the elections three times, he would not have won in 2015.
“I urge female candidates not to give up in the struggle, if you win election, try to fulfill all your campaign promises and if otherwise, thank your people and continue with the struggle,” she admonished.
Tallen stressed the need for women politicians to correct the ills of the society by doing the right thing and standing on the path of truth.”
She warned women politicians against violence before, during and after elections, saying they should avoid anything that would tarnish their image; and consequently destroy society’s confidence in them.
Mrs Tallen, however, expressed confidence that Mr Buhari would give more political positions to women in his second term as he promised, saying “he is a man of his words.’’
The Executive Director, ASSAWIN Aisha Babangida, said the aim of the training was to support and strengthen the capacities of women who won primary elections and were ready to contest for the main polls.
Mrs Babangida said that the training would guide female candidates on public speech, how to address the media, and the art of effective communication during campaigns.
She expressed optimism that the training would enhance confidence of female candidates to face campaigns and elections.
Former Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochepke, explained that the training was for female candidates who clinched the tickets to contest for the House of Representatives and state assembly in Nasarawa State.
Ochepke said the training would enable the participants gain some skills that would help them to improve on their campaign strategies and prepare them for victory or loss.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mrs Angelina Them, candidate for Akwanga North in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, the organisers for the initiative saying the training was apt.