I’m disappointed over Abia’s exclusion of women from governance -SDP guber candidate
By Steve Oko
The Abia State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Hon. Blessing Nwagba, has has expressed fury and disappointed over the exclusion of women from governance in the state.
Nwagba who addressed a press conference Monday in Umuahia said it was embarrassing that at a time when other states were implementing the 35% affirmative action for women, only one female lawmaker was success at the 2019 polls.
She recalled that women had never been so marginalised or excluded in the political history of the state and called for a quick action to address the anomaly.
Her words : “I am not happy that women have almost been excluded in Abia governance. Where is the 35% affirmative action for women?
“I am totally disappointed that while other countries even some of our neighbouring states observe this affirmation, Abia has no regard for it.”
She also called on political parties to ensure conscious efforts towards women inclusion in governance.
The SDP candidate who came fourth at the poll, urged the winner – Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, and other successful candidates at the just -concluded elections not to hesitate from adopting good ideas in the manifestoes of their opponents.
Nwagba said winners at the poll should add value to governance and development by incorporating the lofty ideas of their opponents for the good of society.
She adopted the position of her party which alleged massive rigging and falsification of results at the polls.
The two -term lawmaker called for the immediate signing into law, the Amended Electoral Act as a permanent solution to the endemic electoral malpractices in the country.
” I wish to reiterate the need for the incoming National Assembly and the Presidency to see to the assenting of the Electoral Act, and ensure the use of card reader to forestall excessive malpractices as experienced in the concluded elections “, she said.
The SDP candidate blamed her poor outing at the poll on a number of factors including internal sabotage and lack of support from the national leadership of the party following the presidential candidacy crisis that engulfed it.
” It was froth with betrayal by the LGA party chairmen and some party leaders five days to the election, lack of support from party at the national,etc “, she said.
Nwagba was flanked by the state Chairman of the party, Hon. Chidi Nwosu and other party chieftains at the briefing.
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