In a dramatic turn of events, a group of women in Nasarawa State have taken to the streets to protest the outcome of the March 18 governorship election.
In viral videos shared online, some of the women can be seen wearing black while others stripped completely naked to express their anger at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to reports, the reason for their protest was INEC’s decision to announce a winner despite contention in the results from Gayam and Ciroma electoral wards in the state capital. The women accused Governor Abdullahi Sule, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of rigging the election and forcing himself on the people.
The State Returning Officer for the governorship election, Professor Tanko Ishaya, had declared Governor Sule the winner with 347,209 votes, defeating his closest rival, David Ombugadu of the PDP, who had 283,016 votes. However, the protesting women claimed they did not vote for Governor Sule and demanded that INEC reverse its decision.
The women marched with placards bearing inscriptions such as “Stop the conspiracy against our people,” “INEC should reverse the declaration now,” and “Our Vote must count. Ombugadu won.” The protest has caused a stir on social media, with many people expressing solidarity with the women and calling for justice to be served.