Mr. Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, the Action Democratic Party’s candidate in the forthcoming Lagos governorship election is currently in the bad books of our women.
BOG, like the politician is popularly known, incurred their wrath for openly describing them as ‘side chicks!’
He made the ‘ungubernatorial faux pas’ at the 2019 WIMBIZ Women In Politics Town Hall Meeting which held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Trust Nigerian women, some of them instantly stood up and vehemently protested being so addressed, especially by someone who wants to govern a cosmopolitan city like Lagos.
Amidst murmurings and complaints that women would be treated with absolute no respect should he get there, Gbadamosi, dazed and dumbfounded by their swift reaction, quickly apologised, pleading that his transgressions be pardoned.
Gbadamosi’s grave error and a big blow to the women, however, almost marred it.
Held at the Harbour Point, on Victoria Island, Lagos, the Women In Politics Town Hall Meeting was organised by the prestigious WIMBIZ and aims at discussing and dissecting issues centred on the involvement of women in politics.
It’s also targeted at encouraging the female gender to support one another as well as to attract more women to actively get involved in politics.
Among the notable candidates from different political parties who were key speakers at the event were Oluyemisi Haleemat Busari, (Lagos Peoples Democratic Party, PDP deputy governorship candidate), Arinola Oloko (Social Democratic Party, SDP Lagos state House of Assembly candidate) and Khadija Abdullahi (Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN Vice presidential candidate).
Also present were Lara Adesanya (Providence People’s Congress, PPC, Lagos gubernatorial candidate) and Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (All Progressives Congress, APC House of Representatives candidate).
The Lagos ADP governorship candidate was one of the few male dignitaries invited to the all-women event.
He, however, misfired and ‘misjived’ while giving his remarks by addressing our women as ‘side chicks’.
A certain lady in a purple chiffon top with low cut, as a matter of fact, immediately interrupted and cautioned BOG for using the term ‘side chick’. And others soon joined. Thus, escalating the whole thing. Normalcy, however, later returned, but only after BOS had tendered his unreserved apologies to the womenfolk for referring to them as such.
‘Side chick’ is popularly defined as the other woman; also known as the mistress; a female that is neither a male’s wife or girlfriend who has relations with the male while he is also in another relationship.
“Such comment is degrading and an absolute lack of respect for the womenfolk, it’s one of the many ways of discouraging female participation in politics by our men,” a participant who craved for anonymity later added.