'Women Must Compete With Men' For Political Positions


The 2003 governorship aspirant of Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA, Jimi Agbaje,  former First Lady of Lagos State and President of New Era Foundation, Mrs Oluremi  Tinubu and Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Demola Seriki, have  called for more women representetion in governance.

They made the call at a symposium with the theme, The Power of Your Vote, organised  by Cosmopolitan Women Club, Lagos. A non-government organisation led by Mrs Onikepo  Oshodi, a frontline politician.

The trio who were speakers at the event also enjoined the women folk to vote and  defend their votes as stakeholders in the electoral process.

Dignitaries at the event include the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Sosan, First  Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbloa Fashola, Engr. Rauf Arebgesola, Chief Molade  Okoya Thomas, Dr Muiz Banire and Mrs. Modupe Oseghale among others.

According to Mrs. Tinubu,the role of women can no longer be limited to the kitchen,  as she urged them to mobilise for politics.

“If our votes must count, registration is a key factor in our sensitisation  campaign. If we fully participate and massively vote, we will be more committed as  privileged and elite collectives to make our votes speak on the choice of a good  candidate,” she said.

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She lamented the marginalisation of women in politics, saying although women account  for 51 per cent of the country’s population, they only enjoy 7.5 per cent slots in  the National Assembly.

“In the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011, women occupied only 35 out  of  360 seats. In the senate, there are nine women out of 109 members. The combined  total of women in the House is a mere 7.5 per cent.

“This should give all of us cause for concern for there certainly is an urgent need  for female representation in governance,” she siaid.

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Yemi Ikuforiji who was chairman  of the event, said the government and the ruling ACN are gender sensitize.

He urged the women to compete with men for political positions.

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