The Challenged Parenthood Initiative, (CPI), has said that despite the assurances given to Kogi citizen by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) before the governorship election, the process was largely characterized with violence with the women folk most affected.
Eunice Abimbola Agbogun, Executive Director, who stated this on Saturday,and said that the, November 16th 2019 off -cycle gubernatorial election started at the early hours of the day peacefully witnessing high turnout of women across board (Kogi West, East and Central.
According to her, INEC officers and materials were reported by CPI LGA Coordinators to have arrived late between 8 – 9am, saying however that the accreditation of eligible voters commenced immediately.
She noted that, tt the mid of the day lots of calls were received from voters stranded due to nefarious activities of thugs, adding, that most of the calls received from the Stop VAWIP hotline showed that women were victims of orchestrated violence, such as assaults, threats, coercions, intimidations and harassment.
She said “Worthy of note is that women were induced to vote other candidates that were not their preferred choice. Most victims of violence were voters and observers.
“The outcome of this election will impact negatively on women’s participation in elections subsequently. The implication of the above situation shows that our democratic practice in Kogi State require lots of reflection and intervention as the ‘do or die mentally’ is still endemic in our political space.
“We urge the security agents to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of violence during this election. Challenged Parenthood Initiative’s detail press -release on the recorded incidences of violence against women will be made available to all stakeholders by Monday 18th November, 2019.Share this on WhatsApp