Amir Sarkee, a 26-year-old All Progressives Congress (APC) male member, has expressed interest in contesting for the position of APC national women leader.
Sakee isn’t the first woman to be interested in a position allocated solely for women. He ran for the position of women leader of a Kwankwasiyya group – a group linked to former Kano governor Rabiu Kwankwaso – in 2019. Within the opposition People’s Democratic Party, the faction has a stronger following (PDP).
The Kano state polytechnic graduate stated why he was aiming for a female-dominated office in an interview with BBC Hausa.
”Some people ask me why I am running for the post and my answer is ‘God created men to guide the affairs of women. So it is not a bad thing for me to want to lead women especially given that I mean well for them.” he said
Ameer expressed hope that women in the APC will vote for him despite the fact that he is a man, stating that his greatest struggle is women who believe he is robbing them of their power.
“The biggest challenge I face is gaining the trust of women; some are jealous of seeing me lead them, others think I’m going to take what belongs to them but it’s not,” Ameer said.
Despite his misgivings, Ameer, who is not married, stated that while he faces difficulties in being accepted by some women, others are rooting for him to become the APC national women’s chairperson.
“At the same time I am getting encouragement from women, even yesterday some women’s groups came to show their support for me and many of them are supporting me on social media” he said