2023 election: Have right information to succeed expert urges female Aspirants

2023 election: Have right information to succeed — Expert urges female aspirant


By Hassana Yakubu

Dr Abiola Afolabi, the Executive Director, Women Advocate, Research and Documentation Centre has advised female political aspirants in the forthcoming election to have the right information to help them succeed.

Afolabi made the called at a
two-day coaching and mentorship for women candidates in the Northwest in kaduna on Tuesday.

The programme which mentored over 40 female candidates contesting for political positions under the various political parties is supported by the UN Women and Canadian Embassy.

According to her, the programme is necessary because there is need for female candidates to have the right information at their finger tips.

She said that a lot had changed about election since passage of electoral law and what the candidates should know before the day of election.

She also said that former female political office holders were brought to the programme to share experiences with participants.

“For example, there are over 180 members of the state Houses of Assemblies in the Northwest. Only one woman is there in Kaduna and that is a huge gap.

”The women must be equipped, ready and have understanding of what they want to do” she said.

Halima Zubairu, Kano State House of Assembly aspirant on the People Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Danbata constituency said the programme had impacted her positively on how women could win their respective elections.

Zubairu said she learnt from the programme how to do something differently to be able to win.

”’They are encouraging us in different aspects and putting us on track to be able to win.

”I will emphasis more on the things I thought were not important; they have shown us how little things are important on electoral process.

“We need to educate ourselves on electoral process; a lot of women in the north have an oversight on that so, we will have a mind set focusing on agent, welfare of the people and how to track our election and record.

“We are also given training on during and post-election strategies as well as knowing the constitutional guidelines relating to our political careers,” she explained.

On her part, Aisha Abduljabar, Aspirant, Kaduna State House of Assembly on the Young Progressives Party (YPP), representing Kaduna south said that with the programme, candidates now know most of the things they didn’t understand before.

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She called on women to come out to vote for their fellow women.

According to Abduljabar, women are larger in number during election and also have the ability to understand and share the feelings of another because they know better where the shoes pinches.

Also, Nafisa Dandare, A Kebbi State aspirant for the House of Assembly, representing Gwaza constituency on the Action Democratic Congress platform said that the women were now equipped and built the courage to face the election

Dandare urged women to support their counterparts and shun the mentality that they are not meant for politics.

“If all women can come out and support each other, their vote will count for women because they have a high number”, she said

Another candidate, Zainab Sada, contesting for the Katsina Central Senatorial seat on the National Rescue Movement platform, however, said that some local governments including, Dan Musa, Safari, Jibiya and Safana were out of reach because of banditry.

Meanwhile, some women who contested for the Katsina Central Senatorial position in 2019 said they had a better experience in 2022 than they did in 2019 and hoped that there would be more women representation in 2023.

The women added that banditry which Katsina state was facing would affect the election because many people had been displaced hence, would be disenfranchised.(NAN)

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