Women For SWAGA Launched In Lagos With Free Medical Care for 1,000 Women -Gives Awards To Deserving Individuals

Women For SWAGA Launched In Lagos With Free Medical Care for 1,000 Women -Gives Awards To Deserving Individuals

The much anticipated launching of Women for South West Agenda For Asiwaju (SWAGA) took place in Lagos on Monday May 9, 2022 with free medical care for over 1000 women, who were examined by medical doctors.

It was also an opportunity to give awards to individuals that have contributed to the growth of the organisation.

Drugs were administered on the women, and medicated glasses were given to some of them with eye problems.

From left: Lagos First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Chairman, Women for Swaga, Hon. (Mrs) Omobolanle Akinyemi-Obe

Speaking about the launch, Chairman of Women for SWAGA, Hon. Mobolanle Akinyemi-Obe said that the group was established two years ago to encourage the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to contest for presidency in 2023.

According to her, “it took a lot of persuasion from people, and for many of us who have seen him performing. Asiwaju would look at you, look at your profile, and see how you are performing, you could see the kind of efforts and intelligence he displayed during his tenure in Lagos.

National PRO, Women for Swaga, Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba with Saheed Balogun

“You could see the kind of turnaround that was witnessed in Oluwole, where hoodlums used to operate. Asiwaju cleared the place within one year, whereas the place had been there for many years.

“Asiwaju is an influencer. It took the efforts of Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, Hon. Omidiran, Hon. Ojo and eminent Nigerians to convince him before he agreed to vie for the presidency in 2023.

“We later thought that we needed women version of SWAGA. It also took the efforts, enthusiasm, and vision of Hon. Omidiran to create the group in all the 36 states of the federation. That’s why Women for SWAGA is a national idea.

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“Although, you could say it’s a South West agenda, it’s a national assignment. So, we all collaborate with other six geo political zones in the country.

“We want to make sure that the women we have are influencers, they should be able to convince their husbands to vote for Asiwaju.”

Akinyemi-Obe stressed that many of them are national delegates, while urging the women to massively vote for Asiwaju in 2023.

“We pray that God will help him (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu) to succeed and excel,” Obe said.

Also sharing his thought on the day, the Chairman of South West Agenda for Asiwaju, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, said that whatever anyone wanted to do in life, in business, organization, as well as in politics, the person needs massive support of women.

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“Today, I am very happy because our women have shown tremendous support for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. With the kind of support we have seen today, especially from women, with this formal launching, I’m absolutely confident and assured that we would succeed, not only in the primary election, but in the general election,” he said, adding that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be sworn-in as Nigeria’s president in 2023.

Senator Adeyeye stated further that SWAGA, as a political organisation, is at the grassroots, and in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

“We are not only in the South West, we have spread our tentacles throughout the nation to the North-Central, North-East, North-West, and we now have affiliate organisations that are supporting SWAGA, even people who support Asiwaju Tinubu have remodeled their campaign structure after
SWAGA.

“Looking at Asiwaju Tinubu’s antecedents, women would be highly represented in his government, that I’m very sure of. Women would begin to see those demands they made for so long begin to manifest by the grace of Almighty Allah. By May 31, 2022, Asiwaju Tinubu would be the standard flagbearer of the APC,” he said.

Recognizing the efforts put in place for the launch, Lagos First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu gave kudos to the organisers and leaders of the group in making the launch a reality.

Sanwo-Olu said; “we know men cannot do without us. Let me also recognise the decision of our leader to confer on me and others the leadership award for women,” she said.

The First Lady appreciated the men for not allowing women to just stay in the kitchen or in the other room, and for allowing them to be part of politics, most especially SWAGA, which she said has gone all over Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu praised the men that are supporting the women, and ensuring that the voice of women are heard, saying that they speak for the voiceless, hopeless, and the vulnerable.

According to the Lagos lady, “we need those women who could raise their voices louder, we don’t want women who prefer to keep silent, when things are done wrongly in the society, claiming that there is nothing they could do about it.”

She reminding the audience that majority of the voters and votes expected in 2023 elections are from women, and said that this was why the movement is very important “for our father, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”

She assured Tinubu and his wife, Senator Remi Tinubu of total support from the women, and encouraged the chairman, all executive members of Women for SWAGA to do more, saying that the reward for hardwork is more work.

Speaking about the launch, the National Public Relations Officer of Women For SWAGA, Aarebinrin (Hon.) Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, said that “it is about our great leader, the leader that’s second to none. We are women and we say we are solidly behind Dr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We say no to other choice, he’s simply the best choice.

Dr. Lee Akin Badeki of Nigeria Diasporal For Asiwaju Presents award to Hon. Nkem Sofela surrounded with Lagos First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Mrs Oluremi Obafemi Hamzat

“We have been on this for more than two years, he finally yielded and so, in the spirit of selfless love that he had shown us, we say we want to repay him. He should count on us, we trust and believe him.

“Lagos State leads, while others follow. We have done the launching in other states, this one is the climax,” she said.

Arabirin emphasised that when women are in politics, peace and tranquility follow, but that, when there’s no peace, nothing could be done.

“As mothers and nation builders, we must play our part, we must ensure that the transition is peaceful and we should stand for that choice; Dr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It’s all about his leadership, he’s showing us the way, I’m excited and I know that victory is assured,” she said.

Aarebinrin revealed that they had been to all states in Nigeria with the group.

She said that they visited royal fathers, youths, and that time is right for another step as the primary election is approaching.

“We say no to other choices, we visited market women, we also gave them mobile phones to be able to register. Before now, a lot of them did not know the power they possess with their PVCs, all we want is peaceful transition,” she said.

The climax of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving members, who have contributed immensely to Women for SWAGA from inception.

The awardees included Chairman of the group, Hon. Omobolanle Akinyemi-Obe, Lagos APC Women leader, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Nkem Sofela and many others.

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