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Kogi women politicians: Men are suppressing, relegating us

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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.

Mrs. 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.

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“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, Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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.

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  • No one is surprise wt the anti- Democratic development in Kogi State.Where it's alleged that the Alhaji Ballo led APC state Govt in the State.Who ve done every thing wt the State Govt resources, Includn the failed Kogi Govt recall move against the Vocal Senator Dino Maleye. Who ve defected to PDP to realise his ambition to contest the Guber election against Alhaj Bello in 2019 Gen Elections. Therefore,no one is surprise wt Koji State PDP,Chapter exclusion of women members of the party frm taking part in the State PDP, Indirect primary election. Consequently, I urge the Women menbers of Kogi State Chapter of PDP & Nigerian youths to stage National Protest against the Kogi State Chapter of PDP to serve as Deterrent to other highly Corrupt State Govs,who are peresntly protestn against the Adams Oshiohmole led PDP NEC Adoption of universally accepted Direct Option, Aimed at preventn Corrupt State Govs & politicians frm using looted State funds & other fraudlent funds to buy deligates during the State Primaries.Let the Adams Oshiohmole led NEC of PDP,deal decisevely wt any State Chapter of the party which adopts Indirect Primaries in choice of the parties Candidates for elections.To instil sanity in the Polity.

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