– Some female politicians in Kogi state have borne their hearts out concerning the alleged suppression and relegation they experience
– In their response to the rather unwholesome development, the women mention about four reasons responsible for the majorly patriarchal mode of politics in the state
– One of them being that most women do not want their colleagues to be in positions of power over them and as such support the males to maintain the status quo
Women politicians in Kogi have alleged that they were being denied the opportunity to contest elective posts, and accused male politicians of “constantly seeking to dominate the political space”.
Some of them, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja, accused the men of using women as “mere voters” without giving them any chance to test their popularity.
Kemi Oluyori, a former aspirant to the Kogi House of Assembly, said that she was not allowed to partake in her party’s primary election because she was a woman. “When I indicated my interest in contesting the seat in 2014, youths kept visiting my house in the middle of the night to warn me to steer clear.
“They threatened to disgrace me if I insisted. At a point, they started calling me names that gave the impression that politics was not for responsible women,” she said.
She, however, implored women to work toward voting at least one woman into an elective position to serve as their voice.
On her part, Bisi Abejide, another politician, said that women were often forced to vote candidates supported by their husbands. Some husbands force their wives to vote for their candidates, not minding the opinion of the wives. This is not fair.
“Some women are also afraid of coming out on election days because of the harassment and violence visited on voters. We must purge our politics of such evils if we want our women to truly participate,” she said.
Abejide, however, enjoined women to vote for candidates of their choice, saying that voting was one of their fundamental human rights.
Balikis Arome, a trader, said that women had the highest number of voters in the country but had not been allowed to use such advantage to decide who should lead them.
Arome, however, accused women of being their own enemy. “Women are the problems of women, They don’t want women like them to control or rule them.
“Some of us (women) sell out our rights to vote because of money only to complain after election. This is not wise,” she said.
She advised women against selling their votes, urging them to vote for candidates that would listen to them and address their concerns.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that six female presidential aspirants had given reasons for the ambition to occupy Nigeria’s highest seat of power.
The women – Professor Olufunmilayo Adesanya-Davis, Dr Oluremi Comfort Sonaiya, Dr Elishama Rosemary Ideh, Adeline Iwuagwu-Emihe, Eunice Atuejide, and Princess Oyenike Roberts – said the electorate must look the way of women to bring forth desired change in Nigeria.
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