Female politicians are out to challenge their male counterparts in the coming Benue State’s council polls.
A total of 59 female aspirants have signified interest in chairmanship and councillor positions in the forthcoming local government elections in Benue State.
The women are members of Nigeria’s major political parties: the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).
Of the number, 15 are vying for chairmanship positions while 44 are going for councillorship seats in the 23 local government areas.
For the chairmanship position, 12 of the aspirants are seeking nomination on the platform of the PDP while three, on the ACN’s. The PDP has 32 female aspirants for councillor positions; ACN has 11; and ANPP, 1.
A total of 44 councillor aspirants have already picked their forms to seek nomination as councillors out of the 276 councillorship slots in the forthcoming council poll
The female concillorship aspirants are already making allegations of the plan to impose candidates on the electorate as well as the use of money to induce the people.
One of the female aspirants, Ann Makama, said she is worried that the polls might be hijacked by money bags. She expressed regrets that money politics has affected women’s participation in the polls, saying that they are not given adequate support by the government unlike their male counterparts.
Some gender-based NGOs have promised to support the female aspirants across the state.