The chances of a woman making it to the 9th national assembly in 2019 are slim as only 31 of them secured the tickets of the two leading parties, the ruling all progressives congress (APC) and opposition peoples democratic party (PDP), in the just concluded primaries of the parties.
At present, there are only seven female senators and 20 female House of Representatives members in the national assembly.
The senate has seats for 109 members, 3 for each of the 36 states of the federation and one for the federal capital territory (FCT).
There are only 19 females at present in the House of Representatives, which has 360 members.
AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONS:
10 women secured tickets to slug it with their male counterparts in the race for senate.
21 secured tickets to compete with their male counterparts for the House of Representatives.
19 states did not have any slot for women to go to the national assembly on the platforms of APC and PDP.
However the womenfolk have secured few tickets in other parties.
The states include Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.
However, there were female contenders for the national assembly in 18 states and the FCT with Lagos having the highest number of four of them contesting for the House of Representatives.
Three female contestants secured tickets to the national assembly in Abia.
2 in Adamawa,
1 in Akwa Ibom,
2 in Anambra,
1 in Benue,
1 in Borno,
1 in Cross River,
1 in delta
2 in Edo.
There is one female in Ekiti,
1 in Enugu,
3 in Gombe,
1 in plateau,
3 in rivers,
2 in yobe
1 in the FCT.
THE FEMALE SENATORS CURRENTLY IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ARE:
Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti),
Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos),
Stella Oduah (APGA, Anambra),
Rose Okoh (PDP, c/river),
Fatima Raji-Razaki (APC, Ekiti), b
Inta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa)
Monsurat Sunmonu (SDP, Oyo)
Female members in the House of Representatives are:
Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and Nnenna Ukeje (PDP, Abia);
Owoidighe Atai (PDP, Akwa-Ibom),
Lynda Ikpeazu and Eucharia Azodo (PDP, Anambra),
Sodaguno Omoni (PDP, Bayelsa),
Asabe Bashir (APC, Borno),
Evelyn Oboro and Joan Mrakpor (PDP, delta).