Abuja - Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative (FGAI), a Parliamentary watchdog and lobby group, has expressed concern at the number of female legislators that have lost their berths in the State and Federal Parliaments.
Executive Director, George Oji, said a comparative analysis of the results of the 2011 and March/April 2015 polls showed that out of the eight female senators in the 7th Senate, only Oluremi Tinubu was re-elected to the 8th Senate.
Initially, the eight senators were Nkechi Nwogu (Abia North), Chris Anyanwu (Imo East), Esther, Nenadi Usman (Kaduna South), Helen Esuene (Akwa-Ibom South), Margery Okadigbo (Anambra North), Aisha Jumai Al-Hassan (Taraba North), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and Zaynab Abdulkadir Kure (Niger South).
"Unfortunately, after the 2015 polls, Senator Tinubu became the only one standing, as the other seven senators were off-loaded at the polls,” Oji said.
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Although the group acknowledged the election of new seven female senators to the 8th Senate it expressed worry over the seven colleagues who could not make it back to the Senate.
According to Oji, the situation in the House of Representatives was more worrisome because of the reduction of female legislators to 14 from 26.
Unfortunately, the outcome of the recent polls shows that the number crashed to a mere 14 members.”
In states like Jigawa, Kano Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, there were no single females elected into the parliaments, Oji said.
"In other States, the outcome of the polls is also very worrying, as the number of female legislators proportionate to their male counterparts, do not represent any hope for the country,” Oji stated.