A former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has chided the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) for conferring the award on Governor Yahaya Bello.
Bello was on Friday decorated as a “HE four SHE” of Nigerian women, which bestowed on him the honour of a goodwill Ambassador.
In accordance with the organisers, the nomination is in recognition of the purposeful and acutely aware effort of his Government to put women in delicate and strategic positions within the governance structure of Kogi State.
However, in a statement, Akpoti stated the award doesn’t take into cognisance the bloody occasions of the 2019 elections where the governor and his administrators alleged violent actions against her and other female opposition voices within the state.
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She stated the group can’t claim ignorance over the reportage by the many national and international observers on the turnout of occasions within the state.
Akpoti alleged that in all leadership ramifications, Kogi underneath “Yahaya Bello is probably the most feminine-unfriendly state in Nigeria as there isn’t a female elected local government chairman, House of Assembly, and National Assembly member. All levels of elective positions are occupied by men”.
She added: “How has Bello advanced the pursuits of women of Kogi State and Nigeria that received him a “He four She” recognition? How have Bello’s actions inspired younger girls to grow to be leaders and patriotic citizens?
“Let’s not overlook too simply that Bello’s currently serving Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumin Danga, is facing prosecution charges on rape and assault on Elizabeth Oyeniyi whereas Bello refused to suspend the commissioner pending the determination of the criminal case against him.”
Akpoti stated the “HE four SHE” is a solidarity movement started by the United Nations to recognise men who promote the principles of gender equality politically, socially and economically.
“With no female chairing any of the 21 Local Governments, no female member of the State House of Assembly, no female Representative or Senator from Kogi state. Such a sickening unprecedented achievement within the history of Kogi state and Mrs Laraba Shoda deemed him fit to put on the He four She crown?” she added.