The only federal lawmaker from Oyo State, Hon Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to make provisions for more women and youths to participate in politics.
Akande-Sadipe, the member representing Oluyole federal constituency in the House of Representatives, made the appeal on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
In a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Olamilekan Olusada, The chairman of the House Committee in Diaspora Affairs noted that women are endowed naturally with inherent leadership skills that could provoke desirable change in the development of their immediate society and the nation at large.
Adding that her role in politics has spurred many women to join her in the commitment to contribute to positive change, Akande-Sadipe said that just like her, many are tired of venting their anger on social media.
She said, “Our party must dignify our women by giving them the opportunity to thrive in politics and run for elective posts. This will encourage rapid development of our party, because women have an inbuilt gift to develop things.”
Akande-Sadipe further said that women’s participation in politics was the only sound means they could use to assume political leadership in democratic society.
Citing her foray into politics, Akande-Sadipe said that it was borne out of her passion to do things differently in the development of Oyo State and the nation.
She therefore urged women to passionately position themselves to take up the challenge and run for elective offices, saying, “I tell members of my political party that I am the 33.3 per cent, at the moment. If we (women) don’t become the 33.3 per cent, we are not doing right by our country. We need to create a level playing ground for better participation. I am imploring the leadership of the APC to make more slots available for women and youth participation in elective roles and appointments.”