ELECTORAL VIOLENCE: WOMEN NEGOTIATING ACCESS AND PATH WAYS TO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA.

Margaret Apine (PhD), Angela Olofu Adeoye (PhD)

Abstract


Unlike men in Nigeria, women who have political aspirations must actively negotiate for access and success in politics. Such women had successfully utilized different strategies to pave their paths to the political terrain. These methods include alliances with godfathers, invitations and sponsorships to contest for elective positions, appointments, lobbying, service to party leaders and the community.  Indeed a lot of female aspirants had to suppress their femininity to obey their political godfathers who ‘dictate and nominate those that participates in politics and under what conditions.  But as the democratization processes continues in the country, it has become evident that some strong female political contendants are setting new honorable pathways for political relevance. The data for this article was gathered from interview and observations, within states in North central part of Nigeria particularly Kogi State and its environs. The article recommends that the need for gender-responsive security measures to curb violence against women in elections


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Negotiating, Electoral violence , Women, Political Participation, North Central Nigeria

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