Election 2019: Women misused opportunities - Guber candidate

Election 2019: Women misused opportunities - Guber candidate

- A female governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Sokoto state, has decried the lack of unity among womenfolk in politics

- Hajiya Salamtu Isa Abdullahi lamented that the women folk were their own enemies as far as politics is concerned

- She said many women voters allowed themselves to be lured with money

A governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Sokoto state, Hajiya Salamtu Isa Abdullahi has stated that the biggest lesson she learnt from the just concluded general elections is the lack of unity among womenfolk in politics.

Hajiya Salamatu was one of the two women who contested for the governorship slot in the state on Saturday, March 9.

While she contested under the flag of Progressive Peoples Alliance the other female governorship candidate, Aliya Sa’idu Kebe, contested under Kowa party.

She told Daily Trust that the women folk were their own enemies as far as politics is concerned.

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Her words: “As a female governorship candidate, I learnt a very big lesson, the biggest lesson I learnt is that women are the enemies of ourselves. We are the biggest enemy of ourselves. Yes, we cry marginalization but when we are given the chance, we misuse it. That is the lesson I learnt.”

She said many women voters allowed themselves to be lured with money into voting other candidates who at the end would not protect their rights.

“They allowed themselves to be used to collect money and vote for an unfavourable candidate.

“Though women really came out to vote, the only problem was that they voted for the choice of their husbands or the person they were given money to vote for. But women did come out; they constituted about 50 per cent of the voters,” she added.

She noted women had been complaining of marginalization but when at the just concluded general election they had the opportunity to change the situation, they failed to utilize it.

“I expected that we should at least have two or three members of the House of Assembly but from primary elections the major political parties did not even have female candidates, but some other political parties presented female candidates for all the elections,” she said.

According to her, the situation has remained so despite efforts put in place to mobilize women to vote for women.

“We tried, we did tell them to vote for women so that their interest will be protected but they didn’t.

“This 2019 politics is the worst ever in the history of Nigeria in terms of vote buying and rigging,” she alleged.

She also advocated for the introduction of e-voting as a viable option in subsequent elections.

Twenty-one other female candidates from the state vied for seats in the Senate, House of Representatives and the State House of Assembly.

However, at the end of the exercise none of them was able to win.

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Meanwhile, weeks after withdrawing from the 2019 presidential election, a former Nigeria education minister and solid minerals, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has been announced as Forbes Woman Africa social influencer.

Ezekwesili, an anti-corruption activist and former presidential candidate, was honoured at the prestigious Forbes Woman Africa Awards inaugural gala dinner held this March in Durban, South Africa.

The award celebrates Ezekwesili's efforts in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media.

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