In order to demand a review of the recently completed governorship election in the state, more than 1,000 senior women from all 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State protested in Lafia, the state’s capital.
The women, who were holding leaves in their hands and were half-naked, sung heartfelt songs in Hausa.
Stella Oboshi, the state women leader of the PDP, stated that David Ombugadu, the party’s candidate for governor, had won the election while speaking at the demonstration, which took place at the Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in Lafia.
According to her, the Independent National Electoral Commission was wrong to have declared incumbent Governor Abdullahi Sule as the winner of the election.
She said, “Peaceful demonstration in politics is allowed because there is freedom of speech. As you can see, since Tuesday last week when we started protesting, we have not harmed anyone, we have also not insulted anyone or destroyed any property.
“Our demand is that INEC should review the results collated from across the state and announce the actual winner of the governorship election.”
Reacting to the recent ban on all forms of protests by the Nasarawa State Police Command, Oboshi said, “The police have banned protests in the state. We are not outside, we are inside our party’s office. So, I feel we are not against the law. We are law-abiding citizens. As PDP women, we respect the laws of the land.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress in the state on Monday advised members of the opposition PDP to seek redress in the court, rather than “debasing womanhood by dragging them naked into the streets to protest against the electoral process, which led to the re-election of Governor Sule.”
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Douglas Otaru, the Nasarawa APC said, “It is most unfortunate, despicable, odious and unpatriotic act for the opposition PDP to condone acts that is uncivilised in the modern society. How can they in the modern society debase and cajole women to come out naked in the name of politics? There are civilised ways of addressing issues in the contemporary society.
“To us in the APC, the stage-managed, embarrassing carnival of nudity is a charade, show of shame and worthless debasement of our women who were brainwashed with peanuts to demonstrate the most expensive, immoral and blasphemous desecration of their bodies, which supposedly should be the temple of their creator.”