Jutha Gupah, Maiduguri
The Kwara and Kogi states female candidates vying for various elective positions have strategized to win at the 2023 general elections.
They expressed their readiness to be involved in governance of the various parts of the country.
While strategizing to win elections, yesterday (Wednesday), Emmanuelle Azu of the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), disclosed this at the media mentoring and coaching workshop in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The media engagement was organised by Women Radio 91.7 with support from UN Women and the Government of Canada.
According to her, the essence of the workshop was to have more female representation at the National and States’ House of Assemblies.
“The female candidates from the two states have already expressed their readiness to participate in the governance of various parts of the country,” she said.
Princess Victoria Bamidipo, the deputy governorship candidate on the platform of Action Alliance (AA) said that they will adopt the strategies to ‘learn and work’ more with the party agents.
Besides, she added that female candidates are to employ constitutional guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2022 in winning the various elective offices.
Agela Amao, a House of Assembly candidate on the platform of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), representing Ogori-Mangogo constituency in Kogi State, said the new electoral act guarantees a level-playing ground for everyone.
She, therefore, urged women to come out on February 25, and March 11, 2023 to exercise their civic rights.
“Women can do it better because we feel the pains more than men,” she noted, as they know the weak points and how best to approach issues better than the male candidates.
Jide Ojo, a development expert who presented a paper titled: “Electoral Landscape and Framework.” said that the new Electoral Act will benefit women the most, while citing a case of guaranteed fair and credible election.
Ojo encouraged women candidates to deploy reliable agents to polling units to challenge misconducts.
He however; advised the female candidates to improve on their social capital, so as to be relevant to their religious organisations and communities they will serve after winning the elections.