Written by Austine ELEMUE

NCWS tackles APC, PDP over female candidates

The National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, has decried the non-emergence of female candidates as flag bearers of the dominant political parties for the forthcoming 2019 general elections. 

Specifically, the NCWS berated the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the exorbitant prices fixed for their nomination and expression of interest forms for elective positions. 

This was against the backdrop of the emergence of political party candidates for elective positions, following the conclusion of primary elections. 

Briefing journalists on the aftermath of party primaries, NCWS national president, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, said political parties especially the dominant ones have not been fair to women who have political interest. 

Shoda recalled that the council had two political summits in 2017 and 2018 in collaboration with the office of the wife of the president where it assembled all female aspirants and party leaders and the president in attendance to promote political inclusiveness of women. 

She maintained that "it seems that some political parties didn't even collect money from women to encourage them to participate, does it mean that this big parties don't want women to participate in the political process, because making nomination forms very exorbitant, means that women are not encouraged to participate". 

According to her, "they all made promises, IPAC chairman promised that political parties will carry women along, fortunately the APC chairman Adams Oshiomole came and he assured us that women will be given, be carried along, even the president assured us too. 

"But I have been watching the primaries with keen interest and the first thing that struck my mind was the amount women were asked to pay. I don't know where our democracy is going, where is the inclusiveness that we were promised, where is the 35 percent affirmative action, where is the promise that women will be carried along? We are not happy, women are not happy, the youths too are not happy about the outcome of the primaries." 

 

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