May 062009

Seriously, the time to do this in the U.S. is now:

Protest against the delay in announcing the result of the April 25 governorship rerun in Ekiti State yesterday took another dimension as thousands of women across the 16 local government areas of the state, who dressed half-naked trooped to the streets to protest an alleged attempt to subvert the electoral will of the people of the state.

The peaceful protest organised by the women under the umbrella of Ekiti Women for Peace, which began between the hours of and 9.30am at the popular Fajuyi Memorial Park, took the protesting women round some major streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, including Oke-Isha, Oke-Jigbo junction and Ajilosun.

One of the women who was dressed in traditional gear (Olori Olorisa) said “when you see women, especially the old ones to dress total or half naked like the way these people dress now, it is a bad omen in Yorubaland”.

The protesters who were led by the President of Ekiti Women for Peace, Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, were later joined in the march by the wife of the AC candidate, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi and the AC deputy governorship candidate, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka.

Speaking with journalists while the protest was on, the leader of the protesters, Mrs. Okusanya said the women decided to go half-naked to press home the demand for the sanctity of their votes noting that “there cannot be peace without justice.

According to her, the protest was a warning to election riggers and manipulators of the electoral will of the people that they could no longer get away with electoral fraud in Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The AC deputy governorship candidate in the state, Mrs Funlayo Olayinka urged Ekiti people to remain calm and continue to press for justice and ensure peace commending the women for asking that the mandate they gave to Fayemi must be respected.

Also Mrs. Fayemi noted that the whole world is watching events in Ekiti as they unfold adding that Ekiti women were not left out in a bid to let their voice be heard. She credited Ekiti women with positive contribution to the success of the campaign of her husband.

“You know it is a taboo to see the naked body of an old woman in the public; these women are protesting against the injustice in the land and they are insisting that their votes must count’, she said.

 May 6, 2009  Posted by on May 6, 2009

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