Has money politics come to stay in our polity? | TheCable

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OPINION BY ADEBAYO ABUBAKAR: Has money politics come to stay in our polity? | TheCable

There are many factors at play when it comes to determining the credibility of the electoral process. The presence or absence of the following phenomena; political thuggery ; the level of perceived neutrality of the umpire ; the safety of INEC staffers ; voters’ inducement with money , are some of those factors, that determine whether or not, an election is credible.

Over a fortnight ago, as the people of Ekiti state were preparing to elect the successor to Governor Kayode Fayemi and the custodian of their political destiny for the next four years, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, there was this debate among some of my friends and colleagues both physically and online, on the degree of readiness of the INEC, and its capacity to deliver a free, fair, and credible election.

Meanwhile, we complain of our electoral process being so heavily monetised that it would take someone who has had access to the public treasury and has helped himself to an amount that can last an average Nigerian family for 10 lifetimes to be able to contest and win an election in Nigeria.

The most embarrassing aspect of the sociology of vote-buying in Nigeria is the prevalence of poverty in the land, which has now been weaponised against Nigerians such that they have a price for their destinies, renewable every four-year, with an amount as paltry as ₦3,000. The excruciating effects of poverty have prevented most Nigerians from realising and appreciating the power of their respective “one-vote”. Let’s do a bit of arithmetic here.

 

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