A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant for the position of National Women Leader, Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe, has declared that the role of women in politics should go beyond singing, clapping and voting during elections.
She said this shortly after submitting her expression of interest and nomination forms at the PDP National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The academic turned politician explained that women have a lot more to give the nation in terms of quality service instead of figurative appointments.
According to her, after several years of theorising, she decided to “also come to practicalise it and really get involved in getting women seriously involved in political participation.”
Effah-Attoe, further said, “If you look at the Nigerian political history for over the years, most women have been involved in clapping and dancing, but we are saying, we will want our women to come out and participate effectively in politics, not just by voting, but by actual involvement.”
Members of the Itse-led faction in a statement signed by its Secretary, Nanman Zhatau, said, “Contrary to the party’s guidelines for the conduct of the ward and local government congresses, what happened during the state congress in Plateau State was worse than what was witnessed at the local government congresses.
He alleged that while the police invaded the venue of their congress, the other faction was allowed to conduct one at the Crest Hotel.
Zhatau said, “The acclaimed winners (of the Bature faction) cannot show evidence of their bank tellers and when they paid their money for the various positions, because the last date for the purchase of nomination forms ended on Monday 11 October, 2021.”
Attempts to contact Rufus Bature were unsuccessful. However, a former Acting State Chairman of the APC, Enoch Fanmak who is also a member of the Bature’s faction said, “If actually there is a splinter group, they should have known that officials from the National Secretariat are coming, they should know where they are to contact them for all the necessary information.
“We know from the ward congresses, we started with consensus and we have been working on consensus. It is surprising for some people to say they are not aware of the consensus.
“Anybody who is claiming ignorance of the consensus arrangement, I think he is not a member of the APC. They said their executives have emerged, who monitored their election, where did they conduct the election? As far as I am concerned, there is only one leadership of the APC in Plateau state headed by a former Secretary to the Plateau state Government, Rufus Bature.”
When contacted, the Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba promised to get back to our correspondent over claims that policemen invaded the party office belonging to one of the factions of the party, he was yet to do so at the time of filing this report.