Women in Osun state and beyond have been implored to form a common front towards the actualisation of the dream of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becoming the next democratically elected President of Nigeria .
Osun state governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola gave the charge in Osogbo, the Osun state capital during the inauguration of ‘Akoni Obinrin’ an all purpose women political group for the actualisation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu/Shettima victory in the 2023 presidential election.
While inaugurating the group, an initiative of the state’s First Lady, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, at a colorful ceremony, Oyetola commended the zeal and verve of the group just as he noted that one of the ways to achieve total victory is for all women in the state to register and collect their Permanent Voter cards ( PVC).
‘Akoni Obinrin”, according to Oyetola, represents the collective resoluteness and strength of political character of women in Osun to deliver excellence on critical issues like politics, security , peace , economy and health among others .
Governor Oyetola also noted with satisfaction the uncommon determination of women which had thus far ensured his excellent performance in his capacity as the leader and chief executive of the present administration in Osun.
Governor Oyetola therefore saluted the courage of the Coordinator of *Akoni Obinrin* , Mrs Kafayat Oyetola for demonstrating the needed capacity as a rallying point for Osun women in politics.
Earlier in her speech, Mrs Oyetola, lauded women in politics for publicly identifying with Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu ahead of the 2023 Presidential election . She charged women and men alike to turn out in their numbers to vote for the APC Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Mrs Oyetola recalled that through her office in conjunction with her foundation *”Ilerioluwa Development Initiatives”* women at all levels in Osun state had been sensitized and reoriented to move beyond the age-old assumption that politics was for men alone.
Mrs Oyetola expressed delight that such notion has since been killed and buried when viewed against the active participation of women in politics in Osun state in the last four years.
She reiterated that ‘Akoni Obinrin’ is a special political body put together by women in the state to consistently anchor the participation of women in politics ,stressing that it comprises women of courage and passion who have resolved to use their time , energy ,connection and and resources as well as other known and unknown ideals of women to actively give progressive direction to politics in Osun state.
Also speaking at the programme, the Chairman, APC, Osun,Prince Gboyega Famodun noted that large numbers of women now abound in the state whose political worths cannot be overemphasized
Famodun noted that over the years in various local governments of the state, women have become forces to be reckoned with.
Just like the previous speakers at the event which took place at the New IleriOluwa Campaign Office in Osogbo, the Osun APC Chair equally urged women not to renege in voting massively for Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023,stressing that he is the right person for the 2023 Nigeria Project.
In her goodwill message, the state APC women leader, Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde, applauded the gesture of Mrs Kafayat Oyetola just as she implored women to deploy door-to-door campaigns for the victory of APC candidates.
In her keynote address at the well attended women political forum,the former first lady of Oyo State and founder of ABC Foundation , Dr(Mrs ) Florence Ajimobi saluted the devotion and courage of women in Osun politics and Nigeria as a whole .
Mrs Ajimobi who particularly lauded Mrs Oyetola’s “Akoni Obinrin’ initiative, charged women not to be left behind in all it takes to ensure victory for APC in the coming February 2023 general election.
One of the high points of the programme was an Oath of Allegiance administered on the Coordinators of ‘Akoni Obinrin’as performed by Hon. Mulikat Jimoh, Chairman, Osun state House of Assembly committee on Women and Children Affairs