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Anambra poll: Don’t trivialize your political power – Community leader tells women

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Anambra poll: Don't trivialize your political power - Community leader tells women

Women in Anambra State have been called to take active participation in political activities in the state, including the ongoing voter card registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

A Community leader, Mrs Edith Nwokedi who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Awka, described women participation in a politics as a great development in Nigeria.

She challenged women to be part of decision takers in politics and to contribute their quota to state development.

Nwokedi, a native of Ogboji in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state urged women not to throw away the opportunity of getting the voters card or to replace a lost one and vote according to their conviction.

She said, “Women should take active part in politics first by getting their voters card which is the power of every women in Anambra to vote in the November 6 governorship election.

“Women are restorer of broken walls, women shun vote buying or electoral inducement, secure the future of your children children.

“Women are builder both at their various homes and work places, so participation in politics should not be different.

Nwokedi, an astute Christian mother in the Anglican communion, who had held many leadership positions and honored with many wards in the Church said nothing is wrong in women political participation.

“ I am the woman coordinator for PDP, I have worked with many women who are behaving right, what reason do any one have to say that it is abnormal for women to participate in politics, nothing,” she said

Nwokedi, who is also the coordinator, Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment (WAELE) urged women both in rural and urban areas who were yet to get their voters card to quickly go and register.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has opened a widow for those who have lost their voters card, who are yet to get power to elect leaders and those who changed based after the last registration exercise.

Nwokedi, a business woman and a politician who had acted as a women mobilisation and women coordinator campaign for former Anambra governor Mr Peter Obi and present governor Chief Willie Obiano, said that women is needed in politics.

She said that women political participation is a welcome venture and appealled to those still considering taking part to join the train to give women a political voice.

“ I have received many awards including National Impact Award Woman of the year 2009, Service of Humanity Award by Feminine Development Initiative (FDI) amongst others, if I do not take active participation in politics these awards would be mine,

“ In politics women capabilities are well tapped and developed to grow women in all its activities as man by nature are political, so why would hide from growing your community,” she said

Also speaking, woman community leader from Aboatulu kindred of Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka Council Area of Anambra, Mrs Ngozi Mbachi called on women of the state, especially those of Aboatulu kindred and other rural women in various communities of the state to get their voters card.

Mbachi urged the women to take the civic responsibility seriously and ensure that their children who turned 18 years of age after the last registration of voters card in the country took part.

“ With the voters card we will elect a very qualified personality who will be accountable to the people, we do not need to know who the governor is for our children to get work after school.

“We do not need to know the governor before our roads are tarred, or before we get good hospital or schools or even receive our pension,” let’s get our voter card and vote rightly,” she appealed.

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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