A large turnout of women was recorded at the Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.
Correspondents monitoring the elections in the area observed more women than men voters at the various polling units visited.
The relentless women, said that they came out en mass to cast their ballots for their preferred candidates in the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
The women, mainly indigenous, said that they had realised their power as women and would rather use their vote to change the narrative in the state and enthrone good government than to lament.
Mrs Rakiyat Hassan said that she would rather exercise her civic duty and assuage her conscience than later complain about bad governance.
“I understand that people are hurt but you cannot cut your nose off to spite your face.
“If we refuse to vote because of the outcome of the Presidential Election, we give room for the evil to persist.
“I encourage other women to come out; we are the ones that are worst hit by the prevailing challenges in the country.
“This is because we have to manage the little resources provided by our husbands.
“Women must do their part in changing the narratives. We cannot give up at this time we must continue to do our bit for the development that the country,” Hassan said.
On her part, Mrs Mary Audu, said her vote was her power to change a government that had not favoured her.
“If we refuse to vote, we give room for evil manipulators to take charge and give us their own desired candidates which will go well with us.
“We are here to vote for the future of our children, I pray that my candidate will win and bring laughter and prosperity to our state.
“ We have suffered enough from bad government; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should please make our votes count this time,’’ she said.
Hajia Salamatu Bitrus, another respondent, urged women not to relent but participate in the process and even come out as candidates.
Bitrus added that it was time for women to be governors and senators so that they could speak on behalf of other women.
INEC officials and materials arrived on time and accreditation while voting commenced before 9:00am in most polling units visited.
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