The appearance of an average female Deputy Governor in Nigeria is one sight many other women and even men will envy. With the paraphernalia of office and other pecks associated with the exalted office, only a dissident or a sadist would not aspire to attain such a political height.
They brim with wide smiles on inauguration day and leave the unsuspecting public with an impression that all is well back at the homefront. The impression is more validated with the presence of their husbands in their free-flowing traditional robes moving side by side with them as they stroll into the venues of their inaugurations, a act that sends message across that their husbands are in full support of their call to service by their people. No sooner had the deputy governors moved their belongings to their official homes in the Deputy Governor’s Lodges than emotional turbulence began to take the better part of them.
From that moment henceforth, apart from the business of governance on which they dissipate much of their energies, loneliness becomes the order of the day for deputy governors whose hubbies refuse to move with them to the official quarters. Add this headache to the suffocating First Ladies, wives of the governors, who in most cases grab or share the limelight with them and you get the true picture of the lives of the female deputy governors. Please don’t envy their Excellencies, Deputy Governors Grace Laoye-Tomori, Joke Orelope-Akinfulire and Mrs. (Prof.) Modupe Adelabu of Osun, Lagos and Ekiti States respectively.