International Women's Day: Meet 3 Women Elected to Make Laws in Senate Under Tinubu's Presidency

International Women's Day: Meet 3 Women Elected to Make Laws in Senate Under Tinubu's Presidency

  • Only three women have been elected to the 10th senate to make laws under the administration of Bola Tinubu, the president-elect
  • The just-concluded national assembly election recorded a decline in female participation in Nigeria's politics as only three women were elected into the senate based on INEC's final list of senators-elect
  • So far, Nigeria's highest record of female participation in the Senate was the 8th Senate, which had seven women lawmakers in the chambers

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The 2023 presidential and national assembly election has heralded a new republic for Nigeria as Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, was elected to lead the country for the next four years.

However, the election recorded a decline in women's participation in the country's politics, as only three women were elected to make laws alongside 106 others in the coming 10th senate, compared to the 8th senate where the country recorded seven females, the highest ever.

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International Women's Day: 3 Women elected into the 10th senate. Photo Credit: DR. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Ipalibo Harry Banigo
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This is based on the final list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released on Monday, March 6.

In commemorating the International Women's Day celebration, writes brief details of the three women elected to be senators.

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Idiat Oluranti Adebule

She was elected to represent Lagos West in the coming 10th senate of the national assembly with an APC card.

She was indicated as male in the final list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Hopefully, this will be corrected by the commission.

She was the former deputy governor of Lagos state between 2015 to 2019 under Akinwunmi Ambode.

Ipalibo Harry-Banigo

Under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, the medical doctor was elected to represent the good people of Rivers West in the 10th senate in the just concluded presidential and national assembly election.

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The 70-year-old woman is the current and outgoing deputy governor of Rivers state.

She had served in different capacities in the state, including acting commissioner and secretary to the government of Rivers state.

Kingibe Ireti Heebah

She is one of the beneficiaries of the Obidient Movement under the leadership of Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded presidential election.

The civil engineer is a younger sister to Ajoke Mohammed, a wife to ex-Nigeria's head of state, Murtala Muhammed.

Heebah had contested for the position in 2003 under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). She joined the PDP in 2006, became a founding member of the APC in 2014 and contested again in 2015 but later withdrew from the race.

2 Powerful women under hijab likely to make strong statements in 2023 elections and why earlier reported that Many Nigerians have spoken in the 2023 presidential and national assembly election, which recorded some hijab women who made solid statements.

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Some women have participated and are still participating in the election in a country that has yet to set the pace for women to thrive fully in politics.

Despite the hurdles, two women under the hijab, an Islamic mode of dressing, made strong statements in the 2023 elections.


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