June 13, 2024

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Guber Race: Rivers NAWOJ Urges Women To Vote Competence

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Edith CHUKU

 

Ahead of the forthcoming March 18 gubernatorial and state assembly elections in the state, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, has sent a wakeup call to women.

 

The chairperson of the association, Mrs. Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and the secretary, Dr. Ngozi Anosike jointly made this call in a release made available to TNN.

 

 

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NAWOJ charged women to team up in unity and in one accord to ensure that competence and gender sensitive people are voted into power.

 

The women wing of the pen fraternity strongly believes that when women are part of the electoral processes, growth and development are guaranteed.

 

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The association stressed that one of the surest ways women can get the change they earnestly desire is by exercising their civic responsibilities. NAWOJ charged women, “not to boycott the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections because of their disappointment with INEC in the just concluded presidential and national assembly elections.

 

“NAWOJ maintains that what INEC displayed in the presidential and national assembly elections was enough to discourage women from participating in the March 18 elections.” Adding that, “women in their quest for a better society came out in their numbers on 25th of February 2023 only for INEC to mess up the process.”

 

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The association described women as dogged and resilient pointing out that despite the troubles associated with scarcity of fuel and naira in the country they still out numbered men in most polling units, even as she regretted that INEC failed in its responsibility to carry out a credible electoral exercise.

 

It also commended the women for not taking their anger and disappointment to the streets and enjoined them to use March 18 election as an opportunity to make statement in the country’s electoral process.

 

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NAWOJ further reminded women that not participating in the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections will amount to disenfranchising themselves as well as denying their candidates the opportunity to win their respective positions.

 

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