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Pondi assures of female presidency in Nigeria, urges journalists to be objective



A member representing Burutu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Rt.Hon. Julius Pondi, has said that women would produce president of Nigeria some days.

The federal lawmaker, stated this while speaking at the unveiling and launching of Congress newspaper, a new national newspaper at Bon Hotel, Warri- Ekpan in Uvwie council area of Delta state, Friday.

The lawmaker who was the chairman of the occasion, was responding to questions on the possibility of a female ruling the country.

While expressing confidence, he added that female would occupy top political positions in Africa’s most populous nation.

According to him, he voted in favour of women in four bills that were rejected in National Assembly last Tuesday.

It would be recalled that five bills which sought to promote more opportunities for women in governance were quashed by the lawmakers.

Pondi noted, “I strongly believe that a woman will one day become the president of this country. In fact, in the recent constitution review at the National Assembly, I voted in favour of the women in four different bills.

“Unfortunately, my votes were quashed by the majority. However, I am hopeful that women will perform optimally if given seats of power”.

The legislator in his speech during the unveiling of the newspaper, also emphasized on the need for the Niger Delta story to be told by its people.

“We are a very peculiar people in peculiar times. Nobody can tell our story better. We are a very fine people with a unique way of doing things, so we need to tell the story of where we are, where we are heading and where we are coming from. We can only tell that story if we are willing,” Pondi asserted.

However, the publisher of Congress newspaper, Comrade Austin Ozobo, said that their vision is to be a voice for the oppressed.

Ozobo maintained that the online operations of the newspaper began in July last year, adding that the medium has within the short time, gained thousands of readership across the world due to its objective and fair reportage.

He urged that the paper among others own by indigenes of the Niger Delta region be supported and patronized by leaders and stakeholders of the region.