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Sarah Jibril: My One Vote’ll Continue to Haunt Women

A  presidential aspirant during the January 13 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary, Mrs. Sarah Jubril, has said the “one vote” she recorded during the party’s presidential primary will continue to haunt Nigerian women.

Speaking with journalists at the Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday, Jubril denied filing any case against the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate in the April general election.

She said she only went to court to challenge the emergence of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as the consensus candidate of the North under the Mallam Adamu Ciroma-led Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPFL).

The presidential aspirant, who made the clarification against the backdrop of reports that she had taken PDP to court over Jonathan’s emergence as the party’s candidate, said she neither sued Jonathan nor the party. 

She explained that she went to court to challenge the emergence of Atiku as a Northern presidential candidate by NPLF because the process that led to his emergence was discriminatory against her and the womenfolk.

According to her, as a Northerner and presidential aspirant, she was not screened by the NPLF before arriving at the consensus arrangement.

She added that her not being considered by the forum was discriminatory and contravened international treaties which recognised womenfolk and their inalienable rights to political aspirations.

To demonstrate her seriousness, Jubril said the case would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

She said: “I am not in court against Jonathan, who is the presidential candidate of our party. No! Sarah Jubril contested as one of the three candidates of PDP and after the results of the primary were declared, I congratulated Jonathan in the spirit of political sportsmanship. I am therefore a political heroine today, I am a true democrat; I am in politics to rescue the future of Nigerians.

“The case in court is a constitutional issue; I have no personal grievance against Atiku. He has continued to remain a product of constitutional breaches. PDP should have queried the sudden reappearance of Atiku for the presidency after his over two years exit. He should have been given 18 months probation. For me, querying this does not mean I have taken Jonathan to court.”

Reflecting on the single vote recorded by her at the PDP presidential primary, she said: “That vote was of me, by me and for me.

“That vote has been seriously pricking the conscience of women, Nigerians, PDP Board of Trustees and the political class. I thank God for not allowing any other vote to cause confusion. I sympathise with the ignorance of the women which is till now affecting the conscience of women in Nigeria.

“Why are the womenfolk trying to use the media to call me serial contestant sarcastically? I have forgiven them. The political class should stop hijacking the conscience of Nigerian women who constitute the engine of the nation.”

While blaming her defeat on the National Council of Women Societies, the Ministry of Women Affairs and the PDP women leaders who could not see the import of using the votes of women for a bargaining power despite periodic visits and campaigns, she however said she would remain in PDP despite all odds.


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