BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has called on more women to join the state’s governorship race before the primaries in June, saying that women must be bold to vie for political offices as men were unwilling to yield the ground to them on a platter of gold.
Speaking at an event put together by his wife, Iara Oshiomhole, to celebrate the 2016 International Women’s Day, Oshiomhole said that women have the number to win political offices and should leverage on their number. He said: “I am happy that a woman has stepped out for the governorship primaries. It is important that we do not expect that men will get to a point where they will be tired of domination and will say, ‘you know, we have dominated you enough, you women, come and take over power.’ It is never going to happen. The only way women will take power is not to wait for men to beg them to do so. They have to stand their ground because in Edo State, two out of every three votes are cast by women. “It, therefore, means that women have the numbers, they have the patience and what it takes to contest and win elections. It is not about money. If it were about money, I wouldn’t have been able to contest and win. The first thing is your heart, your conviction and then your brain and God has given everything to women.”