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A total of 104 candidates in the All Progressives Congress (APC) are jostling for the party’s tickets to contest for the 30 available seats in the Jigawa State House of Assembly.
However, of the 104 known candidates, no woman is among them.
According to a report by TheParadiseNG, the chairman of the party in Jigawa, Aminu Sani told journalists on Wednesday that so far 104 forms have been sold for those contesting the House of Assembly seats.
However, he noted that no woman was amongst those 104 contesting the state House of Assembly seats.
Mr Sani went further to say, “I cannot tell you the number of governorship and National Assembly aspirants in Jigawa that bought their forms at the national headquarters.”
Commenting on the absence of women, APC’s women leader in Jigawa, Dayyaba Shuaibu said that three women had earlier indicated an interest in contesting the elections.
Mrs Shuaibu also said, “Unfortunately, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj, and they could not buy the forms. After I returned, they told me that they did not know that the forms were being sold until the exercise had been brought to a close”.
On asked if women were disallowed or intimidated, she said, “Nobody stopped or prevented them from doing so”.
She said the women were directed to contact their ward chairmen and state chairman of the party over their ambitions.
“Unfortunately again, the state chairman was also in Saudi Arabia for the Lesser Hajj, but they were able to meet with the deputy, who assured them they were entitled to buy forms to contest the elections,” said Mrs Shuaibu. “Since I was in Saudi Arabia, they couldn’t buy the forms since I was the one guiding and encouraging them. We are targeting the 2027 elections to ensure that women participate.”