A candidate of the Mass Action Joint Alliance in Edo State, Ms Charity Idahosa, has cried out over alleged sexual harassment by her male counterparts.
Idahosa, who is contesting the Oredo West Constituency in the State House of Assembly, said her efforts to get support for her political ambition had resulted in sexual advances from the opposite sex.
The politician, who spoke with journalists in Benin City, declined to mention the names of those harassing her, but described it as a negative trend against women in politics.
She noted that despite the passage of the Not-too-young-to-run Bill, female candidates needed protection and support to participate in political activities without being sexually harassed.
Idahosa, however, noted that she remained undaunted in her desire to contest the February election despite the obvious frustration and lack of support.
She stated, “I came into politics with the desire to make a change and contribute my quota to the development of Oredo West Constituency.
“It will be shocking to note that the people I had looked up to for support often asked for sexual gratification before giving their support and, for me, it is absurd and unacceptable.
“I know this may sound funny, but it is real. There are many women out there who cannot speak out on some of their unpleasant encounters and experience.
“I think it is high time for Nigeria women to rise against this trend. We need to be protected and supported.”