I Will Reclaim My Stolen Mandate – Natasha Akpoti

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Senatorial candidate of the SOcial Democratic Party (SDP) for Kogi Central in the last National Assembly elections, Barr. Natasha Akpoti has declared that her primary focus at the moment is to reclaim her “stolen mandate” in court, while contributing to human development.

Natasha made this known when a group of female politicians from across Kogi state paid her a solidarity visit in her Abuja residence on Friday.

The women group led by Umulkhani Otokoti lamented the current state of things in Kogi state and urged Natasha to the governorship seat a shot.

Otokiti alleged that women in the state have been marginalised and subjected to discriminations, saying it was time for one of them to become the governor of the state and assured Natasha of their overwhelming support for her to occupy the Lugard House.

She further commended Akpoti for her commitment to women and youth empowerment, assuring her that the people of the state, especially women, were behind her.   

Appreciating them for the trust and confidence reposed in her, Akpoti admitted that women were marginalised in Nigeria, particularly in politics, due to lack of enabling policies, noting that countries with greater percentage of women in leadership positions are better governed and more developed in human capacity.  

She flayed members of the National Assembly, especially female legislators, for refusing to work towards the passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, noting that a robust legislative reform was needed to ensure greater women participation in politics.  

On the call to contest the governorship, Akpoti thanked the women for the trust in her ability to deliver, but said she was yet to make up her mind on that, as she has not done the necessary consultations in that regard.

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