Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with his running mate and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected t ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Gwagwalada - A large turnout of
women was recorded in the Dobi ward of Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT as was reported in Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi,
Gombe and Kaduna states.
Gwagwalada Area Council observed more women than men voters at the various
polling units visited.
Some women attributed the development to
the sensitisation programme by the council authorities who admonished them that
they held the key to the development of the area.
The Woman Leader of Dobi, Mrs Nafisat Ibrahim, said that
they came out because they were tired of living in poverty.
"I remember one of the adverts clearly stating that women
were development drivers in the area and the nation at large.
"In our campaign, we went from house to house, talking to
our womenfolk. We told them that if they wanted the much needed clean water,
electricity and better lives for their kids, they needed to come out of their
houses and vote.
"We are tired of crying and trying to be strong. We have
realised our power as women. And we are here to make sure that our government
guarantees to us a reasonable standard of living through good governance.
"We are here to cast our votes and make that statement
clearly," she said.
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Hannatu Mohammed, a voter, said she came out because women
were tired of being relegated to the background.
"Each time anything comes up, the men are always in the
forefront. So now, we want to get involved in
the development process of the country.
"And since we were told that election is the way to go, we
have come out to participate in this process
that would ensure the kind of development that we so much
Similarly, the Youth leader of the community, Mr Lafumman
Isa, said there had been a change in the way women saw themselves in the
community, which is predominantly a Muslim.
"That is why you see them like this. In fact it's not only
in election, but even at the family level,''he said.
Isa said that there is a bet in the community to see if the
total number of women that voted exceeds the number of men.
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