A female politician in All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Constance Iloh, on Wednesday, protested over what she termed paucity of women in the National Executive Council of her party.
Iloh, in an interview with newsmen in Awka, the Anambra state capital, implored her party stakeholders to allow a woman to replace Chief George Moghalu, a former national auditor of the party, recently appointed Director General of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said: “It is not fair to women in our party that only one woman is a member of the NEC, and that one woman holds a position that is statutorily reserved for women, and that is the national woman leader. Now that there is a void in the NEC with the former national auditor of the party taking up an appointment, women should be considered as a replacement for him.
“I have been a consistent member of the party. I have sacrificed more than anyone else in the party, including stepping down for other aspirants, on a number of occasions, on the order of the leadership of the party. During the last national congress, I had interest in the same position (National Auditor), and I obtained the form which was free for women, but I stepped down for my boss (George Moghalu) who wanted a second term for same position.
“Now that he has left, I think a woman should replace him in that position for gender balance at the NEC, and I think I am the right person, being from the same state with him, and many more. I believe I will be a great asset to the APC national party office.”