Lokoja - Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi on Wednesday directed the state leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reserve 42 slots for women in the local government elections.
Wada, who gave the directive in Lokoja during a stakeholders meeting, said that this was to ensure equity and fairness to women vying for offices on the party’s platform.
According to Wada, the women have been very supportive of the party since its inception.
He said that his decision was also to ensure that women got the 35 per cent of the councillorship and chairmanship positions in the council polls slated for May 4.
He said that the 42 slots should be shared among the 21 local government areas in the state on the basis of two slots per local government area.
The directive, which came barely 48 hours to the commencement of the party’s local government election primaries, was applauded by the women present at the meeting.
Wada also urged the party leaders to explore the option of picking its candidates by consensus, but where such failed, the due process should be followed.
The governor further said that he had not anointed any of the chairmanship candidates as being rumoured in some quarters.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the PDP had fixed its local government election primaries for March 15 and March 19, respectively.
He warned the 122 chairmanship aspirants and their supporters to ensure good conduct before, during and after the primaries as no form of violence or thuggery would be tolerated.
The governor said that security agents were briefed to respond decisively to any threat to security in any part of the state.
According to him, whoever breaks the law must be ready to face the music.
The state Chairman of the party, Hassan Salawu, said that the party would abide by the directive and provide a level playing ground for all the aspirants.
Deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi, Assembly Speaker Momoh Jimoh and a former deputy governor Patrick Adaba, urged aspirants and their supporters to eschew violence and put the party's interest above personal interest.