The Ondo State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress Party, APC, Engr. Ade Adetimehin has advised the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, to keep on encouraging more women to participate actively in politics.
Adetimehin who gave the advice in Akure during an advocacy and familiarisation visit of the state leadership of NAWOJ to the party secretariat, noted that APC is a gender-balanced party that makes nomination fee into elective positions free of charge for women, in order to encourage them to participate.
He emphasised the need for women to be sensitised, noting that if more women indicate interest in politics, the party is ready to give them space.
Adetimehin noted that women represent peace, adding that any society, or group that give women enough space to operate will experience less tension.
He commended the leadership of NAWOJ for the advocacy strategy they have been embarked on within the space of three months of their resumption into office, and pledged the support of the party for the association.
Earlier, the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Doris Olumoko had intimated the executives of the party with all the advocacy issues the association had intervened in across the state, especially on rape cases.
Briefing the APC leadership about the essence of the visit, Olumoko explained that it is in accordance with the directive of the national leadership of NAWOJ to raise awareness about the low representation of women in governance and politics.
Considering the fact that Ondo state is warming up to conduct gubernatorial election, the NAWOJ Chairperson craved the indulgence of the APC leadership to consider a woman for the deputy governorship slot.
She noted that it is not good enough that Ondo state does not have any female representative in the Senate and the House of Representatives, while there is just one woman in the state House of Assembly.
Olumoko affirmed that the state is endowed with politically active and intelligent women who are capable to be the deputy-governor if allowed by the internal politics of political parties.
Giving a vote of thanks, the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Alex Kalejaiye commended the move of NAWOJ and enjoined its leadership to embark on aggressive sensitisation of women to be involved in politics.