…Speaks about women and politics
…Sen Oluremi Tinubu worth the representation
House of reps hopeful in Ikeja constituency Hon. Toke Benson Awoyinka in chat with City Pulse News political editor Ayo Mojoyin speaks on Nigeria politics and women participation.
Toke Benson with 30years experience as a legal practitioner happens to be the deputy legal adviser to APC Lagos state chapter. She is presently contesting for federal house representatives in Ikeja constituency alongside Hon. James Faleke, Olayinka Jeje.
Faleke is the presently occupying the position, a seat he is supposed to have vacated when he went to contest as running mate with Late Audu Abubakar in Kogi state North Central geo-political zone.
Jeje on his own retired from civil service as permanent secretary under Lagos State Independent Electoral commission (LASIEC).
“It is widely believed that voters and the media in particular treat women differently than men, they tend to frame their view of women in more emotional terms rather than based on credentials or policy”, while reacting to this, she said
‘I believe every woman is bringing something to the table. I for instance would bring almost three decades of law practice and administrative qualities to the polity. Women in my profession are considered as “Gentlemen of the Bar” and I have never considered myself beneath or in any way inadequate. The idea of women in politics I understand can be very exciting and brings colour to the polity because women can be very passionate about the things they believe in. When a woman sets out on a goal, it is very achievable. Our society is fast changing on the issue of women as we have surpassed expectations in so many regards be it in the board rooms or otherwise. In our homes we are the geniuses through multi-tasking, from housekeeping to facing the everyday challenges of life, society and culture’
‘However, despite the female population in the country, it has not been reflective in our voting pattern as more women have confidence in the men rather than the more capable women. We need to change their orientation to believe in themselves to refocus societal and cultural beliefs, she said.
Are you satisfied with the level of women in politics and what do you think are their challenges?
Toke Benson also react to the challenge of women in politics. She said politics starts and ends with funding, We are as educated, if not more in some cases. Women need to brace up and get on with the programme. It can be very tasking and managing the home front with the political front can be very challenging .
While speaking with her she revealed that since she has been in politics in the last 12 or more years, women seem to be fading out in politics due to certain challenges which hinder their growth in the system. I recall that APC in Lagos had 2/3 women of its 24 House of Reps members in the last 20yrs reduce to none/zero in the present Assembly. We however have one of the three Senators in the person of Sen Oluremi Tinubu and I dare say she is worth the representation and more in her legislative duties and keeping in touch with her grassroots. I however wish to see more female participation in the country with Lagos leading in affirmative action by bringing women worth their onions in the legislature and executive arms of government.
Whem she was ask about funding , she siad ‘ The issue of funding has been a major challenge to women seeking political office. In my case I’m going against an incumbent who has been in government for 17 straight years as a 3/4 term local government chairman and Executive Secretary, and who is also serving his second term in the House of Representatives. As a private sector person I cannot afford to oil the party machinery the way he would but I know I bring in a wealth of knowledge, experience and education that counts for all the money he would throw around to buy the votes of the people. I bring into the race such credibility desirable to the people at this time and I’m confident Ikeja would be proud to have me as its face at the House of Representatives.
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