THE Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Abia State, Dr (Mrs ) Blessing Nwagba has tasked political parties to make conscious efforts at the inclusion of women in governance.
Nwagba, a two term member of the State House of Assembly lamented that she was the only female member of the present Abia State House of Assembly. She called on parties to do more towards the emergence of more women contesting elective positions in elections.
The lawmaker, who left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the governorship in the SDP, blamed her defeat on betrayal, absence of support from her national party and the crisis from the party’s presidential pursuit.
Nwagba told journalists Monday in Umuahia that her governorship ambition was necessitated by her desire to transform Abia through her three point Transformation Agenda. “I felt I could do it. What a man can do, a woman can also do,” she said.
A few days to the election, the state was awash with rumors that she had withdrawn from the contest while the Chairmen of all the 17 local government areas of the party announced her suspension along with the state Chairman Chief Chidi Nwosu.
Putting behind her truncated ambition, she urged the next National Assembly to ensure that the President assented to the Electoral Act, the use of Electronic Card Reader in future elections and ensure that women were given more political positions. According to her, this will forestall excessive malpractices as experienced in the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, she urged the victors in the governorship election to study the manifestos of their opponents and adopt ideas that could add value to development and governance as another way of practicing inclusive governance.
Nwagba urged members of the SDP to continue to sell the party in their respective areas to ensure the party’s longevity.