Women of Delta State represented by a group called the smart ladies of Delta have expressed satisfaction over high level of political patronage given to women in just concluded polls in the state.
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Dame Patience Okwuofu in Asaba on Thursday, March 11, 2021, the group thanked the governor for creating a political atmosphere that birthed the emergence of 17 women as vice chairmen of various Local Government Councils in the state.
According to her:
the election of 17 women as Local Government Vice Chairmen out of 25 local government areas in Delta is historic and unprecedented in the political history of the state and indeed Nigeria.
This has been made possible by your firm and visionary position as the leader of our party, (PDP), to insist that women are fully represented and integrated as key players in the scheme of governance in the state.
We note with great satisfaction that the National Gender Policy (NGP) has formulated a 35 per cent Affirmative Action (AA) for women in Nigeria since 2006.
You have done it and in Delta state it is already 68 per cent and has far surpassed the recommendation of the policy.
This achievement could only have been recorded by an astute, strategic, visionary, determined and courageous leadership.
Delta women are unanimous in our conviction that only a party like the PDP can provide the conducive platform to ensure such an outstanding, definitive and ground breaking affirmative action.
We declare our unconditional, unwavering and unalloyed loyalty, support and commitment to your administration and the leadership of our party in the state.We promise that we will not let you down.
Recall Governor Okowa has on Monday sworn in the newly elected local government executives after the polls held on Saturday, one which saw the major party, the All Progressives Congress pull out of the whole electoral process.