The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has been named the Grand Patron of the Tinubu/Shettima Women Presidential Campaign Team of the Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
She is expected to lead a team of about 1,200-member women’s campaign wing of the party to victory in the 2023 elections
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the former first lady of Lagos and wife of the party’s flag bearer, and the former first lady of Bornu State Hajiya Nana Shettima, the wife of the APC presidential running mate are to serve as chairperson and co-chairperson of the women’s campaign team respectively.
These appointments were contained in a statement on Saturday in Abuja by Rinsola Abiola, daughter of late Chief MKO Abiola, who is also named in the media and administrative committees of the campaign team.
Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir, a former member of the House of Representatives from Borno who serves as national coordinator will be assisted by Lauretta Onochie, a senior aide in the Presidency as deputy national coordinator.
The women’s campaign in the North-West Zone will be coordinated by Dr Zainab Baugudu, wife of the Kebbi Governor while Falmata Zulum, the First Lady of Borno State, will be in charge of the Northeast.
Olufolake Abdulrazaq, wife of the Kwara Governor will coordinate efforts in the North-Central and Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, wife of the Lagos Governor, will superintend over the South-West.
Imo First Lady Chioma Ikeaka-Uzodinma will also coordinate the South-East while Linda Ayade, wife of the Cross River Governor, will spearhead the women’s campaign in the South-South.
The statement also indicated that wives of Governors in APC-controlled states will serve as state coordinators in APC states, while notable APC women in non-APC-controlled States will take charge.
Florence Ajimobi, widow of the former governor of Oyo State and Zainab Ibrahim, the APC Deputy National Women Leader, among others, were chosen to coordinate activities in States not controlled by the APC.
The administrative committee is led by Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, who also doubles as the chairman of the committee on strategic planning. Heading the committee on operations and logistics is Senator Fatima Raji-Rasaki while Sarafa Modele-Yusuf, a former governorship aspirant in Ogun State is to head the Media and Strategic Communications committee.
The Finance and Special Duties committee is to be headed by former Lagos Deputy Governor and Senior Special Assistant to the President, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire while the Diaspora Mobilisation Committee is to be chaired by none other than Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The Creative and Entertainment Industry also has the seasoned screen diva, Joke Silva as its chairman and include other members such as Toyin Adegbola, Esther Wright, Rose Odika and Hadiza Kabara, among others.
In the 70-page document, the Directorate of Contact and Mobilisation has 944 members including Hon. Tolulope Akande Sadipe, Hon. Rekiya Yahaya, Zainab Ikaz-Kassim, among others.
The list also contains volunteers including Zahra Buhari, Hafsa Umar Shinkafi, Ahmed Indimi, Mairo Bulama Idris, Aisha Ahmed Jika and others.