Women in All Progressives Congress (APC) have called for an increased participation and inclusion in elective positions across Nigeria.
The call was made at a consultative forum themed: “Inclusion Of APC Women In Elective Positions” convened on Thursday in Lagos State by the State APC Women Leader, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas.
In her opening remarks, former Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Idiat Adebule, tasked women to come together and make themselves available for elective positions.
Adebule said: “Our inclusion in leadership and elective positions is what we must work towards and demand for. We must present ourselves for elective positions.
“I carefully chose these words because when we talk of leadership, women are there. We manage the homes and more. The capabilities and abilities to manage are always with us. Nobody will come and call us for a leadership or elective position, we have to present ourselves and fight for it.”
She urged the women to present themselves for self development so that when the opportunity present itself, they could fit into it and also have opportunities to vie for positions.
In her address, Convener of the forum, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, lamented under representation of women in politics while charging them to contest for elective positions.
Okoya-Thomas said that women should not fold their hands and expect the men to hand down elective positions to them, imploring those with integrity and competence to take advantage of forthcoming local government election.
She said women must take practical steps to achieve a 30% representation in elective positions across local and state governments.
Speaking via zoom, a member of the House of Representatives and lead discussant, Hon Nkiruka Onyejeocha disclosed that there was no enabling law supporting women’s political aspiration, adding that there were qualified women who could hold elective positions in the country.
“We are seeking a legislation that will enhance women participation in politics. If we have more women in politics there will be less crime and corruption.
“It is the women that elect the governors and the president. Women take the decision. They have the number but this does not take them anywhere.
“This is a golden opportunity for us to take the giant leap and if we miss this, we may not get there again,” Onyejeocha said.