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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Vie for elective positions, women urged

By Adekola Afolabi

Dissatisfied with the abysmal low figure of women vying for elective position in the country, immediate past Federal Commissioner, Pubic Complaint Commission, Mrs Cecilia Fayase, has challenged women to stop taking the back seat  in the political space.

She particularly advised women to always take active part in politics and contribute their quotas to the development of the society.

Fayase, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who observed that women always see themselves as  inferior to their men counterparts, however, charged them to brace up and run for any available elective positions both at the local, state and federal levels in the coming general elections.

She argued that women have what it takes to hold any elective position in the country and deliver, even as she encouraged them to always support themselves during elections to ensure victory at the polls.

While describing women as prudent managers of resources, the former lawmaker said women would always excel and make good impacts if given the opportunity.

She, however, commended the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and his wife Betty, for always encouraging women participation in governance.

Fayase particularly applauded Governor Akeredolu for appointing more women as members of his Cabinet, saying that women have never had it so good until now.

Although she listed some of the challenges facing women while trying to contest for elections to include, financial and lack of support from their men counterparts, Fayase charged them not to be discouraged in any way but strive to achieve their desire.

“We women, I don’t know what is wrong with us, we don’t want to come out and contest. I don’t know why they are running away. This is what I have been saying for the past ten years, that, if you don’t come out nobody will come and beg you to come and contest for House of Assembly or House of Representatives or the Senate.

“Although the women are trying their best, men should also give them a chance rather than blocking them at all times. They said we women should not pay for forms but at the end of the day they will still use it against us”, she added.

She further encouraged women vying for elective positions to always be ready to pay for their forms and be ready to slug it  with the men.

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