I read recently that some coalition of female politicians, are agitating for a female Deputy Governor in Ondo State against the next Gubernatorial election. Well, their reason is excusable really.
It is on record that in spite of the increasing numbers of female politicians in South west Nigeria, Ondo state is the only South Western state with no record of a Female member at the National Assembly as either a “Senator or Honorable member”, and not even as a “State Deputy Governor”.
It follows Oyo State in this category of no female Deputy Governor history. But, unlike Oyo where there is an history of a female, once been a former speaker of the State House of Assembly and record of a female Senator – the highest elected political attainment so far for Ondo Women in politics, is 3 positions as State House of Assembly members. Worrisome right? Lol
Well, Some States are doing so well to encourage female political representation. Today, I xray-ed list of female Deputy Governors in South West Nigeria with time and History.
Have a look.
- Alhaja Lateefah Okunu 1990-1992 (First Female Deputy Gov in Nigeria along with Pamela Sadauki in Kaduna State)
– Chief Mrs Sinatu Aderoju Ojikutu -1992-93
Chief Mrs Kofowora Bucknor -Akerele – 1999 – 2002
Mrs. Sarah Adebisi Sosan – 2007- 2010
Chief Mrs. Orelope Adefulire – 2011-2015
Dr. Mrs Idiat Adebulu – 2015 – 2019
Alhaja Salimat Badru 2003 – 2011
Mrs Yetunde Onanuga 2015-2019
Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele 2019 – Till Date
Erelu Olushola Obada – 2003-2010
Grace Titilayo Tomori – 2010 – 2018
Sen. Abiodun Olujimi – 2005 – 2006
Chief Mrs Adunni Olayinka – 2010 – 2013
Prof. Mrs Modupe Adelabu – 2013 – 2014
No Female Deputy Governor from Oyo & Ondo states in any political dispensation. Lol.
Also, Nigeria has never had any Female Vice President. Can we have this any time soon?
It should be on record that South West Nigeria has contributed greatly to participation of more women in elected political positions, since the return of Democracy in 1999, with lots of Female Hon members at the National & State Assemblies.