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Binani becomes first female to win APC 2022 guber primaries

Senator Aishatu Binani has won the Adamawa APC governorship primary, defeating Nuhu Ribadu and former Governor Bindo. She received 430 votes.

She is the first to win primaries in Nigeria’s two major political parties, the APC and the PDP, in 2022.

50-year-old Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, known popularly as Binani defeated her closest competitor, Ribadu, with 430 votes.

Senator Jibrilla Bindow, the immediate past Governor of Adamawa State, who ran in the race, also lost to Senator Binani.

Bindow served as the APC’s state governor from 2015 to 2019.

The governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, won the PDP governorship primaries.

Throw back

Late Aishatu Hassan of Taraba State was APC first ever female gubernatorial candidate.

TheTaraba State politician won the ticket for the 2015 general elections.

She was defeated in the re-run election on April 25, 2015, but on November 7, 2015, a tribunal dismissed Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, and pronounced her the winner of the April 11, 2015 election, which was later overturned by the Nigerian Appeal and Supreme Courts.

Women in politics

In Nigeria, women are underrepresented in political and leadership positions.

Women make up only seven of the 109 senators and 22 of the 360 members of the House of Representatives.

Since the country’s independence in 1960, no woman has been elected to the positions of President, Vice-President, or State Governor, giving the upper echelons of the country’s executive arm the appearance of being exclusively male.

Women have been appointed as Deputy Governors in Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Enugu, Anambra, Plateau, and Kaduna.

Only two of them, Titilayo Laoye-tomori in Osun State and Salimot Badru in Ogun State, served a two-term tenure of eight years.

Writing by Saadatu Albashir