By Taoreed Abdullahi
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), South West zone on Tuesday said that the late party’s women leader, Mrs Kemi Nelson, died when she was most needed for the 2023 elections.
Leading the APC zonal executive members on a condolence visit to the Nelson’s residence in Lagos, Mr Isaac Kekemeke, the National Vice Chairman of APC (South-West) said that the party needed her experience in mobilising women for APC in the forthcoming elections.
“For us in the zone, we have lost a mother, friend, sister and associate. All we can do is to pray God to give us grace to bear this loss. It is not only a loss to you as a family, it is a loss to us as a party.
“Chief Kemi Nelson came, saw, added value and impacted humanity. Our party in Lagos, in the zone and Nigeria lost a woman of reputation, who is brilliant, intelligent, loyal, faithful, capable, sociable and committed to whatever cause she believed in.
“She left when we needed her most but the legacy she left behind will continue to be a guide to us,” Kekemeke, the APC National Vice Chairman in the South West, said.
According to him, the party considers it very important to visit and sympathise with the family and to assure them of the party’s readiness to be part of the funeral arrangements.
Kekemeke added that late Nelson was a very committed party woman leader with a trademark.
“She was a role model to all women in the party and she fought to find a place for the women folk for politics of the part and in the Nation.
“She was in the business of mobilising women in the zone and Nigeria for our party.
“With the kind of experience she had, this is the time to tap from her knowledge and experience in her crusade, struggle and campaign to win the next round of election.
“She won’t physically be able to give that but spiritually we will be guided by what she has said ,what she stood for and how she did it.”
Also speaking, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, the Zonal Organising Secretary of APC, remarked that late Nelson led an examplary life, hence the need to celebrate her memories for a life well spent.
“Mrs Nelson stopped for everything that is good. We are at this level because of her contributions to the party and to Nigeria. We will forever miss her for giving the womenfolk a voice.
“She stood her ground and makes sure our women get a voice . Today, the party has established that wherever you give two slots out, one must be a woman , that is because women like that fought for it.
“We will continue to miss her because she did her best for us,”Ibirogba said.
Responding for the family, Mr Adedamola Kasunmu, member representing Lagos State House of Assembly Constituency II told the sympathisers that the family had lost a great mother.