Scores of women in Kogi Central on Sunday, took to the streets in celebration of the supposed peaceful Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
The women also urged for replication of peaceful polls in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections billed for March 11.
The women, led by Kogi Coordinator, APC Professional Women Council, Hajia Rekiyat Onaivo, described the presidential and national assembly elections as “successful and very peaceful, which needs to be replicated in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the women took off from the Okene Local Government Secretariat, walked through the newly built Reference Hospital, down to Total and back to the Secretariat, chanting thank you and victory songs as they marched through the streets.
The elated women prayed loudly against what they termed evil spirits that might have been invoked by desperate politicians, to cause crises in the forthcoming March 11 polls
“It’s our prayer that come March 11, darkness will never overcome light but the election will be peaceful, credible and successful as we had on Feb. 25.
“This walk celebration we are staging today, is part of our expression of gratitude to all residents of Kogi and Gov. Yahaya Bello for the peaceful conduct of the Feb 25 election in the state.
“This thank you’ road walk became necessary to demonstrate that women in Kogi Central and in the entire state, are solidly in support of the governor for giving them the share of voice they had been clamouring for, for years, and to urge him to do more.
“In view of this, we are charging all Kogi women to replicate their last outing by coming out en masse to vote for APC candidates in the state house of assembly election on Saturday, for another victorious contest, ” Onaivo said.
Onaivo, who is the Executive Director, Kogi Enterprise Development Agency (KEDA), enjoined women to support the current administration to enable it deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the state,
According to her, the Kogi Central Senator-elect, Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere, will not fail the district but will give good representation at the national assembly.
She noted that the large turnout during the last presidential and national assembly election was an indication that women in Kogi central appreciated Bello’s result-oriented women inclusive governance.
Also speaking, the Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Anne Olurinde, who also joined the walk, commended the state government for making the state’s resources work for the betterment of people of Kogi.
Olurinde said that the infrastructure projects undertaken by Bello’s administration were unprecedented in the history of the state. (NAN)