By Gabriel Olawale
Former Senatorial Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi has advocated for a female Governor in the state come 2023.

Princess Oyefusi made this call during an interactive session with journalists held yesterday in Lagos state.

Princess stated that no woman has been elected as the civilian Governor of the State since the advent of Nigeria’s fourth republic in 1999, noting that it is a zero percent for gender inclusion, in the area of leadership at the sub-national level and specifically Lagos state.

She said that women’s inherent leadership qualities would provoke a real and desirable change in the state as society that promotes the dignity of women and gives them opportunity to thrive will experience rapid development because women are family-centric.

She mentioned that the giant strides of women in civil service, corporate organisations and judiciary within the state validated the effectiveness of women in transforming the state better off what it is today.

Princess stated that this would help fasten the gender inclusiveness goal and speedy achievement of the 35 percent affirmation agenda.

She stated that virtually all political parties in Nigeria have strong women wings which are designed to coordinate and maintain the support base of each party amongst women, adding that women after all are universally acknowledged to constitute an important unit of any electoral or political demography.

Abiodun, however, expressed that political parties seem to be content with letting women bear such titles as “Women Leader”, “Deputy Women Leader”, “Chief Women Organiser”, etc., without really affording them a real opportunity of contributing politically to the development of this country.

The Chieftain noted that a lot of women have worked extraordinarily to succeed in their careers and as such could change the face of the state for the better even though it is good but it can be better.

Princess cited the impact of the late Justice Rosaline Omotosho who emerged the first female Chief Judge of Lagos State on April 12, 1995, in the judicial system of the state; Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija; Ibukunowluwa Awosika and other women who have contributed effectively to the development of the state.

She, therefore, called on prominent women in the state to contest for this position in 2023.

“The next Governor of Lagos state should be a woman come 2023 since no woman has been elected as the Civilian Governor of a State.

“This means a zero percent for gender inclusion, in the area of leadership at the sub-national level.

“The fact remains that women’s inherent leadership qualities could provoke a real and desirable change in the society.

“Any society that promotes the dignity of women and gives them opportunity to thrive will experience rapid development because women are family-centric knowing fully well that the family is the foremost frontier for national development.

“The giant strides of women in civil service, corporate organisations and judiciary within the state validated the effectiveness of women in transforming the state better off what it is today if given the opportunity to occupy the gubernatorial position.

“For instance, The Late Justice Rosaline Omotosho, who emerged the first female CJ on April 12, 1995, contributed effectively to the development of the justice system in the state. Mrs. Ibukunoluwa Awosika is also a force to be reckoned with in corporate organisation.

Virtually all political parties in Nigeria have strong women wings which are designed to coordinate and maintain the support base of each party amongst women. Women after all are universally acknowledged to constitute an important unit of any electoral or political demography.

“Achieving this would help fasten the gender inclusiveness goal and speedy achievement of the 35 percent affirmation agenda.

“Virtually all political parties in Nigeria have strong women wings which are designed to coordinate and maintain the support base of each party amongst women. Women after all are universally acknowledged to constitute an important unit of any electoral or political demography.

“It is, however, sad that political parties seem to be content with letting women bear such titles as “Women Leader”, “Deputy Women Leader”, “Chief Women Organiser”, etc., without really affording them a real opportunity of contributing politically to the development of this country.

“The impact of the late Justice Rosaline Omotosho who emerged the first female CJ on April 12, 1995, in the judicial system of the state; Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija; Ibukunowluwa Awosika and other women who have contributed effectively to the development of the state.” She said

Princess, therefore, called on Women to contribute their own quota to national development with the decline in the country’s value system.

“I would like to call on prominent women in the state to bring forth their innate confidence and dexterity to contest for the gubernatorial position in 2023.” She said.

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