Nigeria: Amaechi Tasks Women On Greater Participation in Politics

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Nigeria: Amaechi Tasks Women On Greater Participation in Politics

More participation of women in politics will go along way in making democracy in Nigeria an interesting game, even as it would help in stamping out corruption in the political system. This position was made by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Amaechi called on women in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to actively participate in politics and win elective positions in the upcoming 2015 elections.

The governor said this at the weekend when the local government female elected executives and state legislators forum, accompanied by wife of the governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, paid a solidarity visit on the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said there is no law in Nigeria that prohibits women from holding elective positions when voted by the electorates, sayin, "You are qualified to hold positions men hold. Men always gather women to do the "Oyeh" to get elective positions; and, I told my wife; if you look at the voting pattern in Nigeria, the actual people who vote are women.

"So, why can't women take power from men? What you can't take away from them is that, men are your husbands. There is no law in Nigeria prohibiting women from becoming governors or presidents. You have been intimidated, and you have to first and foremost liberate yourselves as women who are ready for politics.

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