A 35 years old, Cross River state commissioner for health, Betta Edu has been elected as the national women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Betta Edu won the election after polling 2,063 votes to defeat Helen Effiom, a lawyer, who secured 114 votes.
At the beginning of the party’s convention, Edu, Effiom and Rita Ekpere, former director-general of the National Women Development Centre (NWDC), were all vying for the position.
Dr. Betta Edu, the National Woman Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is currently living up to expectation by shattering the stereotype tailored around youth in governance on youthful exuberance and juvenile delinquencies.
After she emerges as the youngest woman in the history of Nigeria to hold the position of the National Woman Leader, she has shown that age is just a number but the ability to deliver excellently well matters.
This year, the APC opted to use the consensus method for all the national working committee (NWC) offices, but this did not go down well with some aspirants.
When aspirants began withdrawing from the positions they were vying for, Ekpere said she was not going to throw in the towel.
After reported persuasion by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, the former director-general caved in around 12:00am Sunday morning, leaving Edu and Effiom in the race.
After hours of trying to have a consensus candidate, the two candidates decided to slug it out at the poll.
The process was concluded around 8:00am and Edu was declared winner of the poll.
The new APC women leader has been in the news for allegedly being a commissioner and contesting the position at the same time.