The November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State did much to reveal the contradictions in Nigeria’s practice of democracy, especially in the area of managing multi-party elections. Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had to announce results of the election, the electorate is yet to come to terms with the profiles of winners and losers.
However, one area of national consensus is the painful lot of women in their abiding quest for active participation in partisan politics, elections and decision-making in their constituencies. Based on the faltering narrative of the Kogi State gubernatorial poll, which is one of the seventh staggered off-season polls in the country, Natasha Hadiza Akpoti comes off as the epitome or defining character of the challenges Nigeria women face in electoral contests and decision-making.
While Akpoti could be considered a reference point in the Kogi debacle, Mrs. Acheju Salome Abuh, who was on November 18, 2019 incinerated in the most barbaric and macabre fashion by overzealous and unthinking young political louts, underscores the extreme intolerance women endure in the country’s polity.