Run Nkoyo Run By Prof Jibrin Ibrahim

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Nkoyo Toyo has lived a life of service to community and country. Her focus has always been on the deepening of democracy by making it more inclusive of women and young persons. She has the type of profile that makes her a democratic actor and therefore a good candidate for public office. I wish her the very best as she engages in this epic contest to become the next and the first female governor of Cross River State.

My good friend and fellow civil society activist, Honourable (Ambassador) Nkoyo Toyo has become a gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State. She has been an active advocate in movements working for the expansion of our political space and encouraging greater participation of women in leadership. In preparation for the 2003 election, I worked closely with her and the then Women Leader of the PDP, Josephine Anenih to persuade all registered political parties to create more favourable conditions for the participation of women in elective politics.

Our advocacy had mixed results and would be recounted on another day. What is clear, however, is that Nkoyo’s engagement in activism over the years has helped produce noticeable and positive strides and changes in many sectors of our society. Nonetheless, the numbers of women who participate on influential platforms of our polity remain miserably low. And this is despite the support that women have made to building our democracy and their ongoing determination to significantly affect the way politics advances their interest.

 

Nkoyo Toyo has lived a life of service to community and country. Her focus has always been on the deepening of democracy by making it more inclusive of women and young persons. She has the type of profile that makes her a democratic actor and therefore a good candidate for public office. I wish her the very best as she engages in this epic contest to become the next and the first female governor of Cross River State. That male-only glass ceiling must be broken.

A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

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