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HEADLINES FROM NIGERIA’S MAJOR NEWSPAPERS DECEMBER, 17

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  • Lagos holds Seafood Festival  for local, international markets
  • Retired General arrested in Abia for ‘arms dealing’
  • Oluwo and Queen Channel…what went wrong?
  • Japan seeks investment opportunities in Nigeria

 

DAILY TRUST

  •  PMB@77: ‘Please tell Baba we are with him all the way’
  • FIFA goes after Blatter, Platini in bid to recover$2m
  • Fury splits with trainer two months before Wilder bout
  • Otis names 14 players for D ‘Tigress’ Final Olympics qualifying tourney

 

LEADERSHIP

  •  NAF Destroy Terrorists’ Meeting Venue, kills Scores
  • Ortom to meet PMB Over Plan to Withdraw Military from Benue
  • Late Oba’s Son Sentenced to Death for Murder
  • Traffic Congestion: Lagos Reads Riot Act to Operators of Events Centres, others

VANGUARD

  •   Cuba says it is prepared if the U.S.  chooses to sever diplomatic ties
  •   Trump says U.S. is watching North Korea closely
  • Tramadol worth overN1.7trillion destroyed in 2019-NAFDAC  DG.
  • Boeing crises escalate as planemaker halts 737 productions after two crashes

PUNCH

  • Maina’s Son withdrew N58m from Firm’s account-EFCC
  • Commissioners’ list: Women storm Abiodun’s office with stoves, mats
  • 40,000 HIV infected persons in Nassarawa
  • Ortom to lift the embargo on employment

TELEGRAPH

  •  Senate: Lawmakers move to amend Police Act
  • Sowore: FG guided by extant laws, cour tradition, says Malami
  • APC lifts the ban on Akeredolu, Amosun, Okorocha, Others
  • Warlords beheaded SS3 Student in Ebonyi

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HEADLINES FROM NIGERIA’S MAJOR NEWSPAPERS JANUARY 22

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  • Gunmen kidnapped APC Chief’s daughter in Plateau
  • Police arrests four herders for ‘raping’ sisters
  • Gunmen kill church leader, others in Nasarawa

DAILY TRUST

  •   DPR, NSCDC shut 26 illegal gas stations in Abuja, arrest 22
  •    Border closure: Experts urge ‘tactical review’ to aid exporters
  •    Deaf woman takes the husband to court over welfare

VANGUARD

  •  Google boss Pichai advocates artificial intelligence regulation
  •   Pope Francis condemns ‘barbaric resurgence’ of anti- semitism
  •   Nigeria accounts for 50% glaucoma cases in Africa TCF

PUNCH

  •   The subsidy may rise as fuel marketers demand higher margins
  •   Soyinka slams Balarabe over anti-Amotekun comment

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VOTE-BUYING IN NIGERIA POLITICAL SYSTEM : A CANKER WORM

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There is no country that talked more about virtues of democracy than the United States of America According to World history, in 1919, there was the general agreement that democracy required governments to be based on elections and that governments should be answerable to the people (that is, people would be able to vote at regular elections to remove unpopular governments from power and to keep some control over what governments did with their power).

‘Democracy, it was agreed, offered a stable form of government’. The system had worked effectively in the USA for over two decades. However, elections in the developing world, especially in Africa, and Nigeria, in particular, have been characterized or polluted with considerable problems such as ballot box snatching, low voter education, electoral violence, vote-buying, and many other anti-democratic principles. To be precise and taking Nigeria as a focus, if elections do not tilt mainly around policy accountability, we shall continue to witness serious and negative consequences of economic development which will only make us be dancing in circles.

Vote-buying according to Uwamahoro’’ is when a candidate has chosen to pay for support, rather than compete fairly for votes; they show disregard for democratic norms and willingness to use illegal means’’. Vote- buying is not outrightly  green  to Nigeria electoral system or only restricted  to Africa or Nigeria, but our concern now is the way its gaining ground in Nigeria and its attendant  negative consequences  which outweigh its merits(if at all there are merits therein)

Vote-buying entrenches corruption in all strata of the political system. Once people are conscious that buying of supporters worked during the election, they tend to use the same strategy in other areas of governance. This would resort to poor governance and mediocrity which underplays electorates’ ability to hold their elected officials accountable. Potent issues such as pipe-borne -water, health and sanitation, education and unemployment are left unattended to or haphazardly addressed.

In Nigeria, there have been hues and cries about vote-buying. A lot of candidates’ credibility has been mutilated through vote-buying, yet nobody has been prosecuted or convicted. This lackadaisical attitude of powers that be deter young aspiring ones from running for elective positions because it portends, that money and not ideas or ideology or experience, is required to win an election. That is why we find the same set of the candidate and their children since independence in 1960 still being re-cycled in one form of political office or the other with the attendant godfathers that encourages vote-buying-‘ a do-or-die ‘ kind of politicking. Anywhere vote-buying is prevalent, there is the challenge of mobilizing and channeling their resources to buy the votes at all cost and eventually assuming power with a load of debts accumulated from greasing the palms of their supporters and possibly the banks for campaigning.

According to the international standards, ‘’in a true democracy, every citizen has the right to stand for office, subject to reasonable restrictions’’. However, in Nigeria, owing to the reasons afore-mentioned qualified candidates are somehow not registered to contest because of the inhibitions of the required huge amount of money to pay for registration thereby giving rooms for the ‘money bags’ politicians who have more than enough to roll out – and which they will surely retrieve immediately they are sworn –in into offices!

Vote-buying is an extreme manipulation of people’s will. Whereas, the will of the people is the bedrock of a truly democratic system. People elected into positions of power are not the true representative of people’s choice because candidates with fat bank accounts win; squared pegs are not in squared holes.

Wise men learn from the experience of others. It is only fools who prefer to learn only by their own experiences. The wise man would extract the good from any set of experiences which apparently ended badly and in failure. Let Nigeria learn from the USA where we ‘borrowed’ Democracy as a form of government. When did we hear of mass killings during elections in the USA or the UK? Yet, there were pockets of political disagreements amongst them. We need to set our priorities right.

Vote-buying is not helping us develop socially, politically and economically as a nation always referred to as THE GIANT OF AFRICA. We need to legislate against vote-buying with all SERIOUSNESS in order to leave a better legacy for the next generations. The government should use her resources to establish and equip our schools and provide employment for school graduates and stop wasting huge amounts of money on elections that may be compromised via vote-buying. Similarly, the populace must be RE-ORIENTATED while vote-buyers prosecuted and jailed if found guilty. The media of mass communication should be utilized to disseminate information and educate the electorates on the ills or negative consequences of vote-buying.

Although this might not be popular, it will be better to make elective positions unattractive. Elective positions, like the public service, should be placed on salaries according to their qualifications and experience just as it is in the civil service they will no longer bother their heads to buy votes

Adolf Hitler in 1934 to Ranschning, says, ‘’the man who is not ready to learn from his enemies and from them all, is a fool. Only a weakling will be afraid of losing his own inspiration by studying his enemies’’. Vote buying is a monster; an enemy in our political system which can eventually serve a death knell to our democratic system if not nib in the bud because it allows worse public policies on the altar of good governance.

By- Idowu  Julius

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HEADLINES FROM NIGERIA’S MAJOR NEWSPAPERS JANUARY 7 ,2020

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  • Police arraign ‘fake UNILAG lecturer’
  • Riot in Bayelsa as policeman kills  driver
  • SAN proffers way forward for hate speech
  • Seven students injured in LASU stampede

DAILY TRUST

  •  US-Iran Tension:  China urges the US not to abuse force
  •  EU diplomat expresses regret over Iran’s abandonment of nuclear commitments
  • Court sentences house servant to 1 year in prison for stealing a cell phone
  • We will deal ruthlessly with rice, poultry smugglers’

LEADERSHIP

  •  Legislative Aids’ Protests And Futility of Mob Mentality in NASS
  •  Mixed Reactions Trail Bakare’s Comment on PMB’S Successor
  • FG To subsidize Electricity Tariff Hike for 3 Months
  • 596 Dead Persons on Bauchi Govt’s Payroll

VANGUARD

  •  Environmentalist calls for active collaboration against Climate Change effects
  • Medical Expert Gives Recipe  on how to Stay Healthy
  • Security  Guard Charged with  Murder of Motorcyclist

PUNCH

  • Visiting foreigners must have $200 minimum-Buhari’s Aide
  • Kano housewife pushes rival, son intto well

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