Women in the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) have quested for gender equality in the party’s constitution, structure and participation.
The women also called for adoption of direct primary in electing officers of the party and candidates for the party, aasserting that, the indirect primary option has not reflected the true will of the people.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made the demands on Wednesday on behalf of female members of the party while addressing newsmen at the National Secretariat, Abuja shortly after she submitted a memorandum to the party’s Constitution Review Committee
“The absence of women in the party structure is what bothers women. We are here to demand for the amendment. We are aware last week that the party inaugurated the Committee for the amendment of its constitution. Immediately we heard about the constitution of the Committee, we swing into action. We happened to be the first because we agree that we are the most marginalized. And that is unacceptable for national development.
“We are here to demand for affirmative action. We need more women in the party structure and for all elections. We are demanding that no gender, women or men should occupy more than 60% as against the other. We are demanding for gender equality. We are demanding for full participation and representation of women in the party structure and all elective seats in our dear country Nigeria,” she said.
She noted that African continent looks up to Nigeria as a model, however, lamented that, the country was lagging in true representation of women in political parties and in elective positions from the national down to ward level.
TOS News gathered Tallen led a high-level women delegation to submit a memoranda listing demands for affirmative action to the APC Constitution Review Committee that was received by the Chairman of the APC Constitution Review Committee, Prof. Tahir Mamman SAN
The Minister was accompanied by the United Nations Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey; Chair, House Committee on Electoral Matters, Hon. Aisha Duku; representative of the 100 Women Lobby Group and other Civil Society Organisations.