By Ed Malik, A | Thursday 09/06/2022.
At the end of a tension-soaked contest, a former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has emerged the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polling 1271 votes, now directly pitching him against Atiku of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Experts peered into how Nigeria arrived at this obviously cheery point absolutely dissatisfied by the abuse of democratic ethics in both PDP and APC primaries.
On the breakdown of the votes at APC presidential primary, incumbent Vice President Professor Yemi Osibanjo 235, current President of the Senate Dr. Ahmed Lawal 31, current Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi 316 and Kogi State Governor and five votes were voided.
Others who were not able to muster significant votes includes the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi , Kogi State Governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello and other fringe contestants Mr. Ahmed Sanni 2 and 5 votes were voided.
As it is now, where the richest spenders emerged flagbearers of the leading frontline parties with former Vice President Abubakar Atiku clinching the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Tinubu for APC, which variant of governance is being set in motion in Nigeria.
It will be interesting for political scientists and analysts of contemporary politics to ascertain.
Taking the emergent flagbearers’ wealth and unabashedly open inducement of the delegates with mega-dollars, it is clear we may not have a semblance of democracy where the people are the repository of power.
Instead, there seemed to be that Nigeria is set to witness a variant of democracy mixed with a high dosage of plutocracy and ochlocracy. Either way, the masses of the people are losers.
According to leading political scientist and human capital development consultant, Mr. Ide Owodiong-Idemeko, with the emergence of the two money bags flying the flags of APC and PDP, “we now have not democracy but aristocracy which means a capitalist society, Oh yes! Real capitalist and conservative”
Continuing, Mr. Owodiong-Idemeko explained that he doesn’t see how the lot of the masses will be better off because “though, I haven’t seen the economic policies of the candidates but it’s going to be more elitist government though, the APC presents itself as government of the masses, you know, with special interventionist programs but we have seen that those special interventionist programs have not done anything. In fact, they have not been able to lift anybody out of poverty for seven years”.
But in the opinion of renown public analyst and legal practitioner, Barrister Ernest Anuge, it is difficult to say what type of government to expect. He said, “in theory, we can still call it democracy because there was voting but the result of the democracy is where we get confused; that’s whether we are getting into full blown capitalist economy or a full-blown buying and selling economy.”
The legal practitioner explained that Nigeria has become a stock exchange house where one practically can buy and sell on the open streets. I tell you, the people are in for a rough ride”, he said.
International publisher and political Consultant, Mr. Sam Onaiwu gave another viewpoint to explain certain peculiarities that underpins Nigeria’s approach to governance. According to him: “I would say ours is a peculiar place and it comes with its peculiar practices too, and so, because of the economic situation, you find that people are dependent on politicians who spend money”
Explaining further, Mr. Onaiwu said, “the delegates are supposedly the representatives of their constituencies or the places they’re coming from, they came to speak on behalf of their people”.
Adding, he said: “That’s representative government or representative electioneering, as well whichever way that you look at it”.
However, “the process of how the delegates made their choices is a different argument all together. And so, because of our economic situation, you’re going to find those rare nuance situations of folks accepting money before votes being cast and somebody becoming a winner but you can question the process and foundation upon which that process is built, which is money”
Mr. Onaiwu concluded that, “even in saner climes, so to say, there’s still that tendency for candidates who raise the most money to prevail in election. But there the money is used to sell the ideas and make the candidate visible to the electorate, and here, the money is used to induce the voters.
So those are the two differences in the processes”
As many analysts are weighing in on the emergent scenario, DDNews will update this report.