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2019: Women want more female candidates



Ahead of 2019 general elections, women across political parties and civil society groups yesterday asked for more female candidates in the forthcoming elections to increase women participation in politics and governance.

The women made their position known during a march organised by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in conjunction with National Democratic Institute (NDI) in six states to drum support for female aspirants ahead of party primaries. Speaking during the march to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party secretariats in Lagos, the Executive Director of WARDC, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said Nigeria women would not support any political party that does not have enough female candidates for next year elections. She said: “We are asking for commitment from political parties to feature more female candidates in next year elections. Women have the numerical strength but the number has not translated in any way to women holding more elective positions at state and federal levels.

‘‘It is time for us to ensure that people vote for women in next year election. To achieve our aim, we have decided to approach political party leaders to create platforms for women to realise their political aspiration. “If any political party refuse to have enough women as part of their candidates, women will not vote for them. We decided to visit the party secretariats and seek for party leaders support for female candidates knowing that some of them will soon go for primary elections to elect candidates for 2019 general election.” Also, speaking to journalists during the march, a PDP House of Representatives aspirant for Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency, Fateema Mohammed, urged women to take the bull by the horn by contesting for public offices in 2019.

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