Women in Kogi State’s three senatorial districts have demanded that the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, which resulted in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu being elected president, be called off.
The women based their justification for the appeal on the “chaos, brigandage, widespread violence, bloodlets, and even deaths that marred the election” at a press conference in Lokoja.
“As you are all aware, a major milestone in the history of Nigeria recently passed, a date that has become a watershed in the democratic story of Nigeria,” said Esther Opaluwa, who addressed on behalf of the organization. All Nigerians, both at home and abroad, were anxiously awaiting February 25, 2023 because it would mark the start of a new democratic era in our nation. Everyone, including our youth and women, avidly participated in all the events that led up to that day.
“But, the day came to a tumultuous end, with brigandage, widespread violence, blood, and even fatalities. Our traumatized sensibilities were further harmed by what we were seeing on the television screens, which was completely the opposite of what the Federal Government, our President, Mohammadu Buhari, the NASS, the security chiefs, and even the umpire of the electoral processes had assured us will happen, as we lamented and mourned over what had transpired during the day at almost all of the polling stations.
The women demanded that the perpetrators of violence in and around Kogi State be brought to justice and encouraged Governor Yahaya Bello to assume his role as the state’s top security official.