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Ex-students Leader Seeks More Female Participation In Politics

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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.

The outgoing vice president of the Student Union Government (SUG), Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Folakemi Adaramola, has called for equal representation of gender in the students’ leadership.

Adaramola, who lamented that females have limited themselves to vying for the post of the vice president, urged all female aspirants to attempt contesting for other SUG positions including the president, as none is gender-specific.

According to her, “In politics, there should be equal representation. For instance, here in AAUA, most female aspirants often limit themselves to contesting for a specific position. Who told them that this should further exist? In the 2013/2014 administration, the general secretary, Omolola Olaola was a female. This is just to tell you that any SUG position can be contested for irrespective of your gender.”

Correcting the notion that female aspirants must engage in promiscuous and dirty acts to win elective positions, she expressed that no political position is worth tarnishing one’s image for.

“Also, most people believe that as a female you need to involve in some dirty games for you to succeed in politics. It is usually said that, it is not what you know, but whom you know. What do you want people that know you to say about you?
“Some people take Students Unionism beyond normal. Each time I see females aspiring for political positions, I try to call their attention to the fact that they don’t need to engage in filthy acts that will give them unrest when they get to office.”

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