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Group tasks political parties on special consideration for women in 2023

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
25 March 2022   |   2:23 am
Ahead of their national conventions in preparations for the 2023 general elections, political parties have been urged to give special consideration to women candidates.

Ahead of their national conventions in preparations for the 2023 general elections, political parties have been urged to give special consideration to women candidates. 

National President of Stand up for Women Society Nigeria (SWS), Deborah Ijadele-Adetona and wife of former Chief Judge of Imo State, Dr. Nkechi Onumajuru, who gave the charge at the inauguration of Imo chapter of SWS in Owerri, yesterday, said such would help to encourage women to actively participate in politics and occupy public offices. 

They argued that Nigerian women possess the right leadership qualities and capacity to occupy any political office in the country and even the presidency.

They also charged women in politics to aspire to the presidency and other leadership positions during their respective forthcoming party conventions. 

Onumajuru, who is also former Imo State Head of Service, said: “Women are prepared to rule the country. Men have held sway for a long time and we have seen the outcome. It is time to give women a chance to see what they can do and I believe they will succeed. 

“Also, political parties should recognise the need to give women special considerations and opportunities. They should cede their presidential candidate positions to women to make our dream a reality.”

Ijadele-Adetona added: “I advise women to come together and encourage themselves. We are in majority and we have the population. They should know that they have what it takes to attain the presidency to enhance national development and let others support them.”  

Speaking earlier, state chairperson of SWS, Mrs. Odinakachi Iheonu, said the group had initiated a networking forum as an umbrella to promote women affairs and influence the mind, action and practice of members of the public at all levels of government to support and ensure fair share of responsibilities to women. 

“At SWS, we advocate women’s rights and their total development, build confidence in experienced and qualified women to participate in politics and governance in the society,” she added. 

The event featured presentation of awards to Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, Ijeoma Obiezue, Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Kennedy Ibe and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Rubby Emele, among others.