Democracy is a journey and not a destination with the pivotal roles of the Political party as a viable democratic institution in ensuring that the will of the people continue to prevail against violence in a change of power and leadership.
It is a new dawn in the record of our party, the All Progressives Congress(APC) with the peaceful National Convention held which produced new set of Executives of the party both at the Zonal and National to pilot the affairs of the party for the next four years as enshrined in the constitution of the party in tandem with the Electoral Act.
Despite the turbulence and challenges that ensued during the preparation for the convention as a result of the diversity of interests in the party, the success of the convention is another testimony of our unity in diversity as progressives with the interest and survival of the party remaining our priority which was demonstrated.
It was no doubt that the All Progressives Congress faced a turbulent time enmeshed with crises and instability within the party while moving for the revitalization and rescuing the soul of the party, we embarked on a radical mission for the rebirth of the party which today is now a reality with the success of the National Convention that ushered in the new Zonal and National Executive of the party to legitimately saddle the affairs of the party for effective management and repositioning.
In the cause of our engagement with the people, I realized that leadership contributed to the challenges, while the party wasn’t responsive to the yearnings of the people as expected.
I realized this great lacuna and as part of efforts to salvage the situation for normalcy to return in putting the party in the right direction for optimal delivery, I sought for the office of the North -Central Women Leader of our great party.
Your support and confidence reposed in me made the vision a reality.
Words are not enough to appreciate Almighty Allah, the creator of the universe for this great privilege to serve the great women of the North Central (Kogi, Kwara, Nasarrawa, Benue, Plateau, Niger, and the F.C.T)
It is with all sense of humility and appreciation that I convey my deepest and inestimable gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for standing his ground for the peaceful and credible National Congress held which is responsible for the new direction the party is having now.
I appreciate his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello for his leadership and the fatherly role which was responsible for the success attained.
I use this medium to reiterate my unalloyed loyalty and unwavering support to his administration and leadership.
It is my utmost prayer that God In his infinite mercies will continue to guide and lead him right in his pursuit of making Kogi State a home and pride for all.
I express my appreciation to all our Governors and Key stakeholders in the North-Central, who didn’t only align with the vision but supported it to actualization, I say thank you all.
May the region continue to experience great transformation in meeting the dreams of our founding fathers.
How do I start to appreciate the man, who didn’t just believe in me, stand and walk by me both in the thick and thin in manifesting the genuine vision and conviction for service that I have in changing narratives?
I appreciate your selflessness, courage, doggedness, support, sacrifice, and drive for a better country which you always put into a demonstration that today is responsible for the new dawn in our great party.
You are indeed a darling husband, caring father , and blessings to me, Prince Mustapha Audu.
To my political family, that journey with me in weathering the storm and turbulence together, the victory belongs to you all.
The Progressive Youth Movement fought a good fight via our resolution, determination, and tenacity that positive change must happen in the party, which today, we are leaving our names in the good book of record with our conscience satisfied that we fought a good fight.
We moved from just being a Political movement to a force to reckon with in the party with the recognition and attestation to our formidability beyond word reflecting in our now well evolvement, involvement and integrated into the scheme of the party with Four NEC members and the National Chairmanship Aspirant, the group rooted for and endorsed in the person of the Distinguished Senator Abdullahi Adamu has finally emerged as the National Chairman of the party.
We should be rest assured that history will be fair to us in our struggle for the progress of the party while we must not renege in our oars of making the party great with another task ahead of us in 2023.
As I assume office fully, time will not be wasted in putting our vision into reality for the re-jigging of the party as I will be transversing the length and breadth of the region for a robust engagement with Women in our great party.
This mandate is a clarion call for service delivery, this I will ensure is not taken for granted by vigorously engaging the stakeholders and putting quality programs in place for the prioritization of the welfare and the yearnings of Women in our party.
I appreciate you all for your immense contributions towards this success and mandate realization.
This is a call for service in bringing new leadership ideas, innovation, and paradigm shift for the betterment and uplifting of Women in APC across the length and breadth of the North-Central.
I solicit your support and healthy collaboration towards making the dreams a reality.
Together, we will build this party and your contributions and commitment are highly needed in this rescue mission we are embarking on now.
Thank you for your rapt attention.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
God Bless North-Central,
God Bless APC.
Princess Zahra Mustapha-Audu
27th March, 2022.