Minister of Women Affairs and Development, Zianab Maina has condemned reports of women selling their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), describing the development as unfortunate.
She made her displeasure known at a press briefing to celebrate the 2015 International Women’s Day in Abuja.
She said: “Women vote more than men. So, if it is true that some women are selling their PVCs, then it is unfortunate because at the end of the day, when the wrong people come into power, these women will be disenfranchised and they will be the same to suffer.”
She continued by saying that those who sell their PVCs will only get enough money to solve immediate needs but will continue in their suffering if the wrong candidate is voted into power as their poverty will not be eradicated, adding that women and children suffer more than men in adverse conditions.
She also frowned at the low number of women seeking elective positions in the forthcoming elections. She said: “It is disheartening on the number of women that won the primaries. It is like there was a deliberate attempt to rig women out by political parties but my joy is that Mr President has and will compensate women in appointments.”