Some stakeholders in Advanced Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (APDA), Ondo State Chapter, on Tuesday tasked women to participate actively in politics for more relevance and recognition in the country.

They made the call at a women conference organised by the party in Akure.

Thee theme of the conference was “Women Taking Charge Now as Major Stakeholders in Good Governance.”

Speaking, Mr Akin Akinbobola, the convener of the conference and National Vice Chairman, South West of the party, said it was to mobilise and sensitise women about the party.

Akinbobola stated that women must no longer be taken to the backbench but take the burner front roles and be able to manage affairs of the country effectively.

The convener noted that the party believe in strength of women and youths toward the nation development.

He added that the party believed that Nigeria is best in the world if right and selfless leaders govern it, which he said could be found in women.

According to him, if women are given opportunity, not just be singing and dancing, they will do better.“Women need re-orientation so that they know their values and relevance,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Banji Akinkuowo,the state Chairman of APDA, said that the essence of the conference was for the party to appreciate women’s roles and importance.

Akinkuowo noted that the conference was aimed around women and their wellbeing.

The state party chairman promised that the party would not give less than 30 per cent participation to women in its administration.

Akinkuowo added that if the party erred in its promises, it could be taken to court because it had a constitution guiding it.

According to him, APDA is a party of its words and will always fulfil its mandates.

In her words, Mrs Tennyson Akinfolarin, the Acting State Women Mobilizer, said that the purpose of the conference was to empower women so that they would continue to be relevant in political history of Nigeria.

Akinfolarin said that APDA was meant to make women more participatory in decision and policies of the country unlike other parties.

“Our women can smile if we allow women to participate in politics actively and in policies,” she said.

She advised women to come out enmasse and participate in politics, saying politics was a good game.

According to her, women should stop being only singers and those people that clap but they should be decision makers.

Similarly, Dr Adedeji Adedayo, the guest speaker, urged women to make use of their numerical advantage in contesting and winning elective positions.

Adebayo, a Deputy Registrar, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, said census had indicated that women are more than men, decrying 30 per cent involvement of women in political arena in Nigeria.

“If democracy is a game of numbers, so the majority are expected to have their way and our census consistently says women are more than men, then how come women are given only 30 per cent involvement.

“Sadly, women and children are victims of political decisions and policies.“It serves women interest to use their number and provide the light through leadership and women are not given to temperament.

“Women should be more interested in active politics and how their future and that of their children is propelled not parading their head gears but best materials among them should come forward so that men can follow,” he said.