“After I returned, they told me that they did not know that the forms were being sold until the exercise had been brought to a close,’’ Shuaibu said.
Asked whether the women were prevented or intimidated from buying the forms, she said: “nobody stopped or prevented them from doing so.’’
She said the women were even directed to contact their ward chairmen and state chairman of the party over their ambitions.
“Unfortunately again, the state chairman was also in Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj, but they were able to meet with the deputy, who assured them they were entitled to buy forms to contest the elections.
“Since I was in Saudi Arabia, they couldn’t buy the forms since I was the one guiding and encouraging them.
“We are targeting the 2027 elections to ensure that women participate,’’ Shuaibu said.
The women leader told NAN also that two women from the Kazaure Local Government Area of the state bought forms to contest the National Assembly seats.
She did not give the names of the National Assembly female aspirants but assured us that they had been screened for the primary election.