By Bimbo Akindunbi
A clarion call has gone to all women in Ondo state and Nigeria as a whole, to join hands together in supporting their female counterparts in various fields, so they could occupy higher positions of authorities.
Specifically, the women folk were tasked to drum support and rally round women in politics whenever it is time to elect people into political offices.
Mrs Jumoke Anifowose, a legal practitioner and a member of the APC in Ondo state, made this call in an interview with The Hope, in her Akure office.
She decried a situation in which some women have been clogs in the wheel of the progress of their female counterparts when it comes to vying for higher positions in the corridors of power.
A one-time gubernatorial aspirant in the state, she attributed the fruitless efforts of the female gender to occupy the first position in the state or country, to jealousy and non-chalant attitude of some women in ensuring their female folks become leaders
Her words, ” The problem is the women themselves. This is because the women are jealous, very, very jealous of women up there.
“Once they see that you are up there, and that you are capable, instead of supportingly you with all they have, it’s how you will fall, they’ll be looking for. That was my experience.
” Most of our women are jealous and they don’t want to support their women folk aspiring to good things. They prefer the men in order to play second fiddle to them. And some of them sleep around, some of them love money to the detriment of progress of fellow women,” she said.
Anifowose reiterated that women are the cause of why they are at the background, saying she was not sorry for them.
” I am not sorry for them. They deserve what they are getting.
And until they all come together and support their women folk, may be it will be better.
“Can you imagine, while I was contesting, some women were saying Ondo state is not ripe for a woman Governor. That allover Nigeria, you can see that it is only the position of the Deputy Governor that is left for the women.
“So, Ondo state women were campaigning for second position, instead of rallying round their women folk for the first position. And it’s not that the women are not capable to be part and parcel of the first position like other men in other States of the federation,”she noted.
On what spurred her into politics, she said the good legacies left behind by her late father, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of Ondo State, inspired her.
“My late dad did what he could do and the people were satisfied. He was a manager of human resources.
” He was able to manage both the resources and the people of the state within the available finance alloted at that time. And the people still remember him for the good things he did while in office.” She said.