—————By Unue Emeka,—————-
The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has solicited for more women representation in elective positions in order to bridge gender gap.
The Governor state this on Friday, while addressing People Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Delta North Senatorial District at a meeting held at Akwukwu-Igbo, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He explained that women play vital roles during elections and should be encouraged to contest for elective positions.
In the governor’s word; “we should encourage women to contest for elective positions, the women are very supportive of the electioneering process but, it is unfortunate that when it comes to fielding candidates for elections, they are ignored.”
He urged every local government area in the state to field at least three women in different positions for the elections, reiterating that the PDP as a party is gender-friendly and such should be visible in the number of women who are contesting for positions.
The Governor also urged members of the party to avoid any form of discrimination against those who joined them from the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party or those who moved to the PDP from other political parties.
According to him, “there is only one PDP, there should be no discrimination, many people have also, come to join us from the APC (All Progressive Congress), we should embrace them, treat them without discrimination and woo those who are yet to join us to do so.”
He disclosed further that, “we are sure of winning elections but, with what margin? We need to strengthen our party, get more persons, such that we are capable of standing strong.”
He thanked the leadership of the party in Delta North Senatorial District for the regular meeting of the party in the area.
Earlier, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Hon. Amaechi Mrakpor and others who spoke at the occasion expressed confidence that the PDP was doing well in the state.
Chairmen of the party in different local government councils in the district gave reports of how the party was faring in their areas while the party’s North senatorial district chairman, Mr Moses Iduh thanked Governor Okowa for making the party stronger through delivery of dividends of democracy.