The National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS) has condemned the attack on the candidate of the Kogi State Social Democratic Party [SDP], Barrister Natasha Akpoti, in the gubernatorial election coming up on Saturday, November 16.
In a passionate statement released to the press during the week, the National President of NCWS, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda, spoke against the repeated attacks on Natasha Akpoti.
Dr. Shoda asserted that it scares women away from politics when we should be encouraging more women into participating in politics.
She bemoaned the inaction of security agencies present at the venue of the Peace Pact Ceremony where Natasha was attacked. Their duty was to ensure the safety of everybody present at the ceremony.
Dr Shoda noted that violence against women in election seasons is no longer acceptable and all Nigerians should condemn the acts being perpetrated against women who want to participate in elections.
She added that violence was one of the elements which discourages women from contributing their political quota to the growth of the country.
She reiterated that the Council frowns on violence against opponents and called for a peaceful conduct of elections in Kogi State.
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