Azogor Ideba

One of APC’s greatest assets is perhaps her National Women Leader (NWL) Dr. Betta Edu whose charisma and dexterity have seemingly become a major boost to the party in the build up to the 2023 general elections. All thanks to prof. Ben Ayade, a man with a proclivity to discovering young talents and providing them the platform to soar.

Until the emergence of Dr. Betta Edu as APC’s NWL (aside Iyom Josephine Anenih whose reign as PDP’s National Women Leader (1999-2005) was nonetheless remarkable), the energy and fiber associated with women activism and advocacy had died in party politics.

Within this nocuous vacuum, political observers had vented their frustrations over the tardiness of subsequent women leaders in parties. They had argued that they lacked the erudition and appetite to champion the cause of female folks in the country’s body politics. Indeed, the role of this gender-based party position had hitherto witnessed a diminishing and deplorable status.

However, the propitious advent of Betta Edu and its concurrent timeliness was greeted with gusto; and seen as a fillip needed to flip the women to the next level of greater stake in the governance and leadership of the country.

The emergence of Betta Edu, a champion and emancipator of women and children, as APC national women leader signaled the beginning of what many have described as an epicurean renaissance of Nigerian women in politics.

In pursuit of the mandates before her, Betta, had assumed the leadership of the APC women wing with verve, tact and modesty. The tasks to recruit more women into the APC fold; stimulate and mobilize their strengths and potentials for the overall success of the party, while creating formidable platforms for women to amplify and realize their aspirations have so far been dispatched with uttermost valor, vigor and veracity.

Swift in action, apt in strategy and creative in delivery, the APC women leader inflexibly began the propagation of her tasks by first rekindling the ‘we can do’ spirit among the women while inspiring them to aim for greater roles and responsibilities in the governance and politics of the country.

In every forum, she had taken the opportunity to interface and schmooze with the women. The drive to recruit more women into the APC fold has been phenomenal, a move that has yielded bountiful harvests so far.

In a tacit exhibition of character and uncommon leadership, barely 30 days on the saddle, Betta had traversed the length and breadth of the country offering humanitarian reliefs and Medicare to indigent women and children. Within the short spell, thousands have benefitted from her benevolence.

Byron Pulsifer once said: “You have a chance to write a phenomenal book; you have a chance to create a legacy that lasts as long as each person you influence spreads your influence in one shape or another”. The APC National Women Leader, is luminously giving life to the words of Byron Pulsifer above.

The political climate is already charged, Betta has been a visible and recurring feature in the political scene and particularly, in her party’s presidential campaigns. She had since taken the gauntlets. The fight for women liberation has only begun.

According to the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible: “… the race is not for the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to men of skill but time and chance happen to them all”.

And chance, they say, favors the prepared mind. Betta Edu, with millions of Nigerian Women are prepared to deliver APC in the forthcoming elections. According to her, “we are prepared to deliver 40 million votes to our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming presidential election”. Fact is, the women wing of the APC, oxygenated by her leader, is poised to do great exploits in 2023.

Indeed, the success of Betta Edu’s political evangelism has been echoing in nooks and crannies across the country. This is another sagacious demonstration of tenacity by the women themselves to alter the narrative and push for larger frontiers for women participation in the affairs of the country.

With a receptacle of capacity, the APC NWL has seemingly cast a shadow on her counterparts in other parties including the main opposition, PDP. They are practically nonexistent.

Like a city set on a hill, APC’s Betta Edu can’t be hidden. She is like 7up, the difference is clear.


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