By Chinelo Chikelu
Ex-majority leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola finally addressed rumors and intrigues trailing her campaign for the lower chamber’s speakership position, chronicling her election and days in the legislative assembly, in her book A Woman In Parliament.
Reading from her autobiographical publication, at the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja, Guest Writers Series, Adeola, who represented the Ogbomosho/North/South/Oriire Federal Constituency from 2007-2011, highlights the circumstances surrounding her loss of the Speakership position as a result of sabotage against her and against the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.
She writes the rumour regarding her intimate relationship with the former president the major reason for her qualification for the Speaker, were baseless, meant to pull down Goodluck, and hurt her image in the process. In her defense, Adeola writes that she had not physically met with the president at the time.
The lawmaker also confirmed the adage, and stereotyped perspective of South-westerners as saboteurs as a reality. Pointing fingers at her tribesman Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the spearhead against her establishment as Speaker, Adeola bemoaned the fact that the south-west lost a chance of Speakership at the House of Reps by their own hands, when majority of them mobilized by Hon. Gbajabiamila voted for the opposition, Hon. Waziri Tambuwal.
To prove politics is not a do-or-die affair, Ademola who settled for the position of Majority Leader of the House, says the book is to encourage women, and everyone interested in politics they withstand the conspiracies she did.
Despite no female has attained majority leader after since 2011, and the decreased number of female lawmakers in President Mohammed Buhari’s administration, Adeola avers the future is bright for women in Nigerian politics.
She urged women to encourage one another, and for political parties to provision of quotas to increase women’s participation in politics.
Meantime, President ANA-Abuja, Benjamin Ubiri, announced the series is part of the literary body’s plans to grow a new crop of young writers right from the school, via reader-writer relationship, particularly with public officials such as Hon. Adeola, who has much to impart on them.
He also affirmed the association’s desire to clean up the quality of literature in the country, and the school system. Government and the Education Resource Center (ERC), must have professionals vet quality of books in the country, Ubiri says, otherwise, “Writers will protest to ensure their removal form the system.”
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