A coalition of women groups, STAGE for Women Development, has called for the allocation of the deputy governorship position to women in the November 6 election in Anambra despite the loud visibility of female aspirants, the notable being Senator Uche Ekwunife.
Mrs. Eucharia Adukwulu, South-East Coordinator, made the call on Wednesday at a forum organised by the United for New Nigeria Initiative at Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra.
Adukwulu said that this would promote women’s equal and full participation in the politics of the state.
“I strongly believe that political parties’ practices, policies and values can have a deep impact on women’s political participation and representation in Anambra.
“It is crucial that political parties encourage women’s participation and integrate gender equality issues in their policies to ensure diversity of views, and no one is left behind,” she said.
Group Also Backs Zoning Mum On Ekwunife In Anambra
Also, Dr Cordelia Uzoezie, the Chairperson, League of Women Votes of Nigeria, Anambra Chapter, urged political parties to respect and adhere to the pre-existing contract of zoning in the state.
Uzoezie said that allowing power shift to Anambra South Senatorial district would ensure equity, fair play, justice and peace, as well as socioeconomic and political growth of the state.
“As women coalition in Anambra, we will only give our votes to political party that zoned governorship positions to the South,” she said even as she was mum on Ekwunife who is from Anambra South but married to Central.
In her remarks, Chief Amaka Anaeme, Convener, United for New Nigeria Initiative, urged women to register and collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to ensure they were adequately represented in government.
Anaeme also urged government at all levels to invest in the economic empowerment of youths to reduce crime rate and insecurity in the country.
“Government should spend less in building prisons and concentrate more on creating job opportunities for youths and women.
“This will help reduce crime rate in Nigeria,” she said.
This call is irrespective of the presence of female aspirants in the contest, the most visible being Senator Uche Ekwunife who represents Anambra Central on the platform of the PDP.