BayelsaDecides: Three women, 42 men, vie for Bayelsa governorship

@9:31am, Ward 01 PU 011 Shomolu Lga Lagos East. Voting yet to begin, Voters yet to be accredited and ballot boxes yet to be sealed.
Voting centre

Three of the governorship candidates running in Saturday’s election in Bayelsa State are women, representing a low 6.6 per cent female inclusion rate. The three women are under-48.

Seiyefa Eches, 47, is the candidate of DPC, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree, according to information obtained from the electoral body, INEC.

The other two are 37-year-old Oguara Nengimonyo of the DPP and 43-year-old Blessing Azibanagbal of MPN. Both have SSCE as highest academic qualification.

Commenting on the rate of women inclusion in the election, media and development activist, Stephanie Adams, blamed high capital outlay required in politics, as well as the ease for men to raise cash from godfathers.

“Godfatherism is definitely one of the most feasible means of securing political positions,” she said.

She said some of the factors hindering women from political participation are cultural and religious barriers and the ridiculous patriarchal stereotype about women’s inability to hold leadership responsibility or political position.

But apart from the three female governorship candidates, there are 12 other women fielded as deputy governorship candidates.

They Ereguadei Nathaniel, AAC; Ebitiene Tubo, ADP; Rose Egbe, APGA; Victory Izibedueniya, CAP; Eneni Keremah, FRESH; Alfreder Ato, HDP; and Amade Inenegha.

Others are Ayibake Bipeledei, PDM; Enuma Obuma, PRP; Frankenbona Paul, UDP; Zidegha Milicent; and Seibokuro Tnye James, UPP.

The two main parties, PDP and APC sponsored men, and their running mates are equally men.

However, there is no certainty about APC’s participation in Saturday’s election following the ruling of the court in Yenagoa, Thursday, declaring the party has no candidate.

PDP’s candidate is Duoye Diri, 60. Before the court ruling, INEC had listed David Lyon, 49, as the candidate of the APC.

Mr Lyon’s candidature was challenged by former minister Heineken Lokpobiri, who approached the court to be declared the authentic candidate of the APC.

But instead of granting the relief he sought, the court ruled his party has no candidate for the election because its primaries did not hold in compliance with the guidelines and rules of the party.

“It is strange,” said Fitzgerald Olorogun, Mr Lokpobiri’s lawyer, saying the court’s verdict was not part of his client’s prayers.

Apart from the PDP and APC, 40 other parties sponsored men as governorship candidates.

A further review of information on the candidates shows 35 of them are below 50.

Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...



NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.