65 Women Won Nigeria Election In 2019, Says Women Group
The Coalition for Women Inclusion in Governance has said that only about 65 women politicians were elected into various positions in the just-concluded 2019 general election in the country.
Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, the women group solicited for the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the newly elected lawmakers for the emergence of Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Addressing the press conference, the President of Women in Politics Forum, (WIPF) Ebere Ifendu, said that women are saddend by the stark reality of the poor representation of women across board, in all elective offices despite concerted efforts to achieve the 35% Affirmative Action.
According to Ifendu, some of the women politicians were forced to step down for the incumbents despite purchasing nomination forms to contest for the positions.
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“To restate the abysmal figures of female politicians that emerged in the just concluded general elections is a horrendous exercise for us, but one we must carry out here to show the situation we are in as a nation. Seven elected female senators out of a Senate of 109, 11 elected female members of the House of representatives out of a House of 360, 0 elected female governor out of 36 States, 4 female deputy governors out of 36 deputy governors, 40 elected female politicians in the state assemblies, making a total of 65 elected female politicians out of an unprecedented number of 2970 candidates,” she said.
While citing situations in other countries in Africa, Ifendu said :”Our sister nations, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal rates among the top ten countries in the world with the greatest representation of women in elective and appointive positions”.
The women urged President Buhari to try and redeem his promise of implementing the 35 per cent affirmative action for participation in government.
The group called for fairness, equity, geo-political balance and gender equality and geographical balance in the choice of who emerges as the Speaker and the Leader of the 9th House of Reps.