The political space is becoming more free and conducive for women to participate as two female Senators – Helen Esuene (PDP, Akwa Ibom South) and Aisha Jummai Al- Hassan (PDP, Taraba North) – on Wednesday declared their ambition to contest the 2015 governorship election in their respective states. The women declared their intention at a joint press briefing held at the National Assembly.
According to them, they decided to contest the governorship election of their respective states to complement the efforts men had been making over the years in the same capacity. They also pledged to “bring about more impactful governance on citizens of the states as far as genuine development was concerned”. Esuene said, “We are not saying
we are better than men that have been occupying these positions over the years in the two states and infact across the 36 states of the federation. “We are only saying as responsible women, we shall be less distracted in office like any of the men that had served in that capacity with attendant highly focused and development-driven governance.
“Our efforts would no doubt take our states to greater heights in all ramifications.
Al-Hassan, who attributed their successes in the Senate as female lawmakers to the Almighty God and the media, solicited for more support from the press on their