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Nigerian electorate who are ready to vote in the forthcoming elections stated that the act of vote buying is weak and cancerous to Nigeria’s democracy.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered this in an interview with some Nigerians on Monday.
The electorate voiced out their views on vote buying, raising alarm that vote buying is a tool that would be deployed by politicians in the next elections.
A writer, Balogun Ayoola said, I think it’s stupid and weak. If you trust yourself enough, give yourself the fairness of winning the right way — through votes. I believe those who buy votes are just weak and insecured. Have they ever thought of those selling their votes, voting for someone else? It’s weak, that idea, really weak. Well, I’ve always voted for my conscience, no gratification has ever influenced my decisions and this won’t be an exception.
Ayoola further stated “It is funny that in all this struggle, the attempt to have for ourselves a better Nigeria that money will still be capable of influencing people’s decisions in the forthcoming elections. And I thought we’d passed that bridge in Nigeria. Money will not affect my decision in the forthcoming elections.”
Another passionate electorate, Ogunrinu Olanshile stated that vote buying is cancerous to Nigeria’s democracy.
Olanshile said, “Vote buying is cancerous to Nigeria’s nascent democracy and it has always proved to be the most effective weapon Nigeria politicians wield to win election, hardly are there any election in Nigeria not marred by the scourge of vote buying, even the recently conducted election in Osun state, which was adjudged to be fair by stakeholders.
“Unfortunately, we are bound to witness more of it as we go into the polls in 2023, because poverty has been weaponized to the extent that the people are going to jump at these offers to make their decisions. Well, I’ve always voted for my conscience, no gratification has ever influenced my decisions and this won’t be an exception.”, He added.
A chartered accountant, Adeyemo Adeyinka said, “Vote buying is morally incorrect. Narrowing it down to the Nigeria. I think many of the voters are impoverished & they will continue to sell their votes even for one shekel.”
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