Women Represent 7.1% Out of 1,971 Political Contestants in Northeast

In a list published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last year, WikkiTimes observed that women’s representation in the northeastern zone of the country was low compared to their counterparts.

There are 1,971 candidates jostling for the senatorial, gubernatorial, house of representative and house of assembly seats in northeastern states — Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States. But only 139 of them are women, representing 7.1% of the total figure.

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This further validates the low representation of women in Nigeria’s political landscape as argued over time.

SENATORIAL SEATS

For senatorial seats, Adamawa State has only two females — Sashi Beryl Nzobyaran and Grace Ezra — contesting out of 25 candidates. The figure improved way higher in Gombe State where seven women out of 33 contestants are vying for senatorial seats. They include Bala Abdullahi Habiba, Danjuma Riri, Senate James Christiana, Albashi David Abigail, Abdulsalam Serah and Garba Rukayya Muhammad.

In Borno State Maryam Tijjani would ruffle feathers with 25 male contenders. However, Bauchi, Taraba and Yobe have no female senatorial contenders. 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

For House of Representatives, Adamawa State has three female candidates out of 60 candidates. They are Muhammad Yawale ADC, Fakuta Hyellagiziyu Naiwa and Hussaini Jamila. In Bauchi State, five women including Umar Jamila, Adamu Alheri, Hafsat Umar, Babageidam Lami and Aliyu Maryam, would go to polls with 105 men.

In Borno State, four women — Gimba Zainab, Abdullahi Aisha Adamu,  Abubakar Hauwa Abdulrahman, Ahmed Satomi — are confronting 52 male counterparts. Also, in Gombe 10 female candidates out of 62 contestants are seeking a seat in the house of representatives. They are Bello Rasheeda, Ahmad Aishatu Muhammad Bose, Godobe Dramu Joy,  Muhammad Nusaiba Julde, Jibril Dukku Aishatu, Adamu Aishatu, Yunusa Zariyatu, Nasiru Haj Idaya, Polycarp Edna Zira, Maliya Marina and Mela Hannatu Molkulong.

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Meanwhile, two women each in Taraba (Yerima Deborah and Gidado Habiba) and Yobe (Khadija Waziri and Talba Fatima) would go to polls with 60 and 36 male counterparts respectively. 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

In Adamawa state, 13 females out of 241 contestants are vying for positions in the state house of assembly. They are Moses Anna, Jummai Zakiya Gundiri, Joel Esther Mildai, Hammawa Waziri Ramatu, Daniel Tayedi Sodom, Gambiye Anne, Tonkole Pwanovi, Wambai Mary Sylvester, Mamuno Raymond Kate, Hamidu Samira, Babale Madina, Yohanna Halita and Plamuram Esther Yerima.

Three hundred and two (302) male politicians in Bauchi are contesting against six female candidates namely: Stephen Dinatu, Sushi Habila Lumana, Sarauta Sophia, Umayma Aliyu Gambo, Jibrin Fatima Adams and Yakubu Hamida Captain.

In Borno, there are 10 female candidates out of 192 contestants. They are Kachaliah Tijjani, Saidu Falmata, Hajja Rukayya Shani, Dada Hajja Tanko, Kyari Bintu, Hajja Rukayya, Ali Zainab Abdulkadir Aisha and Nyako Muhammed Aisha.

Gombe has 14 female candidates out of 226. They are Yakubu Dangol, Idris Egla, Mohammed Iganus Asmau, Muhammad Aishatu Sulaiman, Maisamari Mrs Linda, Dauda Vasty, Ayuba Alhaji Halima, Musa Aishatu, Abubakar Balkisu, Hamman Jauro Saratu, Ibrahim Zainab Abubakar, Hadiza Zubairu Hamza, Iliyasu Maimunatu Muhammad, Christy Babindis Adamu.

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Seventeen women would challenge 235 men in Taraba. They include Johnson Eli, Kwaghikule Queen, Gidado Sakinatu, Kadiri Nangoma Angula, Aisha Abubakar, Hassana Abubakar Tanko, Yusuf Enudi, Adi Ndetsiba, Banko Magdalene, Ladi Danya’a, Elisha Patience, Garba H. Pheekamila, Alhassan Veronica, Ramson Ayosi, Musa Maryam and Manji Lohpon.

Yobe has five females — Abdullahi Abakar Aisha, Grema Gumsu, Aliyu Aisha and Ibrahim Maryam — out of 184 contestants. 

GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATES

Only Dahiru Ahmed Aishatu Binani is contesting for the governorship seat out of 29 candidates in Adamawa. Although there are other female candidates aiming to serve as deputy governors. They are Yohana Victoria, Audu Rebecca and Farauta George Kaletapwa

Similarly, Bauchi has three deputy governor candidates out of 27 candidates. They are Deputy Governorship candidates including Iklima Umar and Muhammad Asmau Ahmed. In Borno, three women out of 23 contestants were in the gubernatorial category. They were identified as Abubakar Fatima, Hamid Zamzam Abbas and Lawan Fatima.

Aliyu Mariyatu Sulaiman, Chindo Abubakar Rabi, Yunusa Zariyatu, Okasha Ladidi and Emmanuel Hope would share votes among other 22 male politicians in Gombe. However, Taraba and Yobe have no female contenders in the guber race.

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