The ALLIED PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT (APM), one of the 18 registered political parties in Nigeria has called on Female contestants to take advantage of the 40% constitutional provision for women.

The call was made today by the National Women Leader, Hafsat M. B. Usman in a statement she signed and made available to journalists.

According to her, “the process of FCT general elections has started with primary elections conducted across parties. However, there is room for substitution of candidates. The party is requesting for INTERESTED FEMALE CONTESTANTS to take advantage of the provision”.

She further enjoined women to create awareness about this opportunity to all women platforms eg community meetings, religious gathering, professional and trade associations, etc. She said women can only succeed in their advocacy for inclusion in governance space if they are politically included in the decision making structures. Women have capacity to deliver on assignments therefore they should not shy away from representative responsibilities like contesting elections.

She concluded by calling on the men to support women who are interested in politics especially in contesting for elective positions.

By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja – Nigeria.