- An aspirant for the Benue state House of Assembly has called for an increased participation of women in politics
- Aida-Nath Ogwuche said although women are been relegated, a lot of them also do not care about what is happening in the polity
- She urged Nigerian women to get more interested in the the politics of Nigeria and push for sustainable development
A female aspirant for the position of member, Benue state House of Assembly, Aida-Nath Ogwuche, has called for more women participation in the coming general elections.
Ogwuche, who is aspiring to represent Ogbadibo Constituency, said it is very unfortunate that no woman is contesting for Benue governorship seat, State House of Representatives, Senate, among others.
While addressing stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Otukpa on Monday, August 27, Ogwuche said although women are been relegated, a lot pf them also do not care about what is happening in the polity.
"Although women are being relegated in today's politics, but a lot of women also don't want to dare to come out for political positions," Ogwuche said.
She also urged Nigerian women not to be allowed to be subjected, since they know how to keep the home together and can as well keep the society together.
"It is actually we women that have the heart to do good to people. The mothers know how to manage the home while the men loose their tempers.
"I was challenged and I said, right in Ogbadibo where I come from, women are very subdued and are made underdogs, as if they do not have a voice. And I said to myself, if the likes of Late Prof. Dora Akunyili who was my mentor and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala could make women proud, then I can do it. I will be the light of Ogbadibo to make other women have confidence in themselves to come out.
"I will not step down for anyone, I will not back down for anyone. I will fight this course because that is whom I am and that is what I stand for. So, I want every woman out there to believe in themselves, step out and fight the course they believe in," Ogwuche said.
She also promised to use her network to outdo what the male representatives could not achieve for the constituency in the past.
In their separate remarks, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Ogbe Obande, a chieftain of PDP in Ogbadibo, Sylvanus Itodo and former Councillor, Sunday Edoka; reiterated the need to encourage the female participation in politics.
The chieftains said a lot of disappointment have been experienced by the crops of leaders who are predominantly men.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian political space has witnessed so many strong and courageous women at one time or the other.
Given the kind of political horse-trading that goes on consistently in Nigeria, it takes a bold woman to venture into the murky waters of Nigerian politics.
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Nigeria has had its fair share of female heroines especially in its struggle for nationhood and a brighter future. Names like Margaret Ekpo, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba, Madam Mary Okezie and Mrs Grace Soyinka comes to mind.
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