- Only five aspirants out of 33 contesting for different positions on the Peoples Democratic Party's national working committee are women
- The women are vying for four different positions - the national women leader, its deputy, the national deputy chairman (north) and the national auditor
- Two out of these four positions are automatically left for women in the party in line with the PDP's constitution
Abuja - As the call for increased participation of women in politics continues to take the centre stage in political discussions around the world, Nigerian women are still underrepresented in various affairs of the sector.
A recent occurrence is the jostling for various positions on the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has seen only five women out of 33 aspirants vying for different portfolios.
The Nation reports that the five women are among the 33 aspirants currently screened by the party's committee for the 21 positions of the PDP's NWC.
Some of the positions contested by the PDP women
It was gathered that two of the women - Prof. Stella Effa-Attoe and Mrs Divine Amina Arong - are vying for the position of national women leader. This position alongside the deputy national women leader seat is usually reserved for the females in the party.
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For the position of deputy national women leader, Hajiya Amina Musa Tasallah is the only one contesting for that position while Mrs Inna Ciroma is contesting for the position of the deputy national chairman (north).
Ciroma is battling for the deputy national chairman's position with Mallam Umar Damagum, a male contestant.
In another instance, Mrs Chibuogwu Benson-Oraelosi is contesting for the party's national auditor with Chief Okechukwu Obiechina Daniel, a male contestant.
Sale of forms by the opposition party
The PDP was said to have earlier generated N63 million from the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms to the aspirants.
However, the women got their nomination forms for free in line with the party's constitution and effort to encourage women participation in politics.
But the expression of interest forms for the various positions were all paid for by the five women.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP had announced that it has closed the purchase and submission of the nomination of forms by interested aspirants ahead of the party's convention.
The party said that in line with the schedules on the timetable of the forthcoming PDP's convention, aspirants would be screened by members of the subcommittee.
The PDP said that the screening process would take place at the party's national secretariat, Wadata Plaza in Abuja.
Source: Legit.ng News