The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to give women equal representation with men if elected in 2019.
Atiku made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja at an interactive session with some Nigerian women.
According to him, “This is the first interactive session we are having with any group and this is to underline the importance of women as far as our party is concerned.
“Since you are about 50 percent of our population, our representatives at all levels must reflect this population.
“Some will argue that gender equality is a deal that cannot be achieved overnight, I disagree.”
He said “We can achieve it. The PDP almost achieved it until the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over power.
“I stand before you here today and I want you to hold me accountable. I will commit to a strong representation of women in our PDP government and also recall that when I was the Vice President, I demonstrated this belief.
“I brought some of the brightest women into our government. Therefore, gender should not be a barrier.
“In terms of quantity and quality, women will play a lead role in our administration.”