By Daniel Dafe
Following the conclusion of the Presidential primary elections of political parties and all now set for a rigorous electioneering process ahead of the 2023 General Elections, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), while commending all registered political parties for their successful conventions, said there is the need for a gender sensitive representation and and balancing in the entire political equation.
In a statement signed by
Ladi Bala, National President, the body added that “there is no gain saying that this has become imperative.”
“It is against this backdrop that the Association hereby appeals to political parties to in the interest of an inclusive society and development, should consider picking a woman as running mate for the office of president and governors of the respective states,” NAWOJ said.
Adding: “It’s worrisome to note that rumours making the rounds are suggestive of male candidates being considered for the office of vice president by political parties. This posture will not only negate the contribution of women to nation building but, also endanger an inclusive governance in Nigeria where all demography clearly indicate the need for a sense of belonging and giving equal opportunity for females to serve at the highest level.”
NAWOJ continued: “The time has come for the promotion of gender equality in political leadership in Nigeria to be accorded the center stage particularly as we head towards the 2023 General Elections to help reposition the country and properly situate it in its pride of place and position as the giant of Africa not only in size but in involvement in global discourse.”
NAWOJ equally called on journalists and media organisations in the country to rise to the occasion of setting agenda for a more inclusive governance in Nigeria.
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