A coalition of women groups under the aegies of Anambra Central Women Forum, has endorsed Sen. Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another term at the National Assembly.
The endorsement was announced at a meeting of the group on Tuesday in Awka, to highlight preparations ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In May, Sen. Ekwunife emerged as the flag bearers of PDP in Anambra Central Senatorial District in the state, to represent the zone at the upper chamber for the second time.
Mrs Oge Ekweozor, who spoke on behalf of the group, said that Sen. Ekwunife is the most experienced and accepted candidate to represent the zone following her outstanding legislative performance.
“Having evaluated the performance of Sen. Ekwunife, her impactful constituency projects in the 55 communities in the zone and the need to consolidate and expand on the possible principal position as a second term senator.
“We the coalition of Anambra women groups hereby unanimously endorse Sen. Ekwunife for second term to consolidate on the gains her unrivaled representation has brought to constituents in the state.
“It is our believe that Sen. Ekwunife is one of the active female Senators at the National Assembly and the best legislator to have represented the zone since 1999.
“We hope that her return to the Senate and hopefully as a principal officer, will birth more developmental projects for the constituents, south east and Nigeria at large,” she said.
Ekweozor said that Sen. Ekwunife is one of the few women in politics who had broken the gender bias and redefined representation with a deep sense of courage.
She urged women and youths to mobilise votes for Sen. Ekwunife in the communities as a demonstration of trust in her candidature to continue to transform Anambra central.
Also speaking, Mrs Eucharia Anekwe, said the endorsement was part of the Anambra Women Agenda known as ‘Nwanyibuife’, to drive the progress and development of women in the state.
“We are worried about the low participation of women in politics and electoral process as well as the low representation and appoint of women in the state’s and nation’s political space.
“Our agenda is to massively mobilise support for any qualified woman who is vying for elective position across parties, hence, we are endorsing Sen. Ekwunife,” she said.
Responding, Mrs Ifeyinwa Chinwuko, Legislative Assistant to Sen. Ekwunife, appreciated the women for recognising the legislator’s outstanding legislative performance.
“She had ensured shared responsibility, continuous infrastructure development, youth and women empowerment and grassroot economic growth, through resilient representation,” she said.