A coalition of women groups have called on political parties to consider women for the position of deputy governor ahead of the November 6 Gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
The group made the call on Wednesday in Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state during a Women forum organised by the United for New Nigeria initiative.
South East Coordinator, STAGE for Women Development, Mrs Eucharia Adukwulu regretted the abysmal participation and representation of women in politics, which she said had affected their progress in the state.
She said, “It is crucial that political parties encourage women’s participation and integrate gender equality issues in their policies to ensure diversity of views and no one is left behind.
“When political parties consider women for deputy governor’s position, it would promote their equal and full political participation and representation in the state.”
Also speaking, Chairperson, League of Women Votes of Nigeria, Anambra Chapter, Dr Cordelia Uzoezie urged political parties to respect and adhere to the zoning contract already existing in the state.
She said that allowing power shift to Anambra south senatorial zone would ensure equity, fair play, justice and peace as well as socio-economic and political growth of the state.
“As Women coalition in Anambra, we will only give our votes to political party that zoned governorship positions to South,” she said.
On her part, Convener of United for New Nigeria Initiative, Chief Amaka Anaeme urged women to register and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), to ensure they were adequately represented in government.