Vote Buying: “If Offered Money, Can I Collect, Cast Ballot For My Choice?” Political Expert Speaks

Vote Buying: “If Offered Money, Can I Collect, Cast Ballot For My Choice?” Political Expert Speaks

  • Indeed, elections in Nigeria have repeatedly been marred by allegations of votes being bought and sold
  • Many believe that vote trading plays a determining role in the outcome of elections in the West African nation
  • A don, Sulaimon Adigun Muse, spoke to and counselled people not to accept money from politicians and their foot soldiers for voting journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and governance.

FCT, Abuja - A 34-year-old eligible voter in Nigeria shared his concern.

"I collected money from vote buyers. But I’m determined to just collect their money and vote against them. How would I be sure that they would not know I didn’t cast the ballot for them?"
Some voters trade their votes in Nigeria/Vote buying is a menace in Nigerian politics
Vote buying is a frequently-discussed political topic in Nigeria. Photo credit: NurPhoto
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Sulaimon Adigun Muse is a former head of department of Political Science, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, Lagos state. Muse has more than 23 years of experience in the fields of public policy, elections, public opinion and voting behaviour/comparative Politics.

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The best is not to collect the money and vote your conscience. But, if you must collect because of the hard times, still collect and vote your conscience. It is a close ballot, (so there's) no way they will know that you didn't vote for them unless probably you show them from a distance.

I repeat, the best is to say 'no to vote-buying' and vote your conscience

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Why 60% of Nigerians will sell their votes

In a piece of related news, reported that the naira problem may push many Nigerians to sell their votes during elections.

Statistics from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) show that more than 60 per cent of Nigerians are unbanked, suggesting that the larger percentage of the population the apex bank is asking to buy its cashless policy do not have bank accounts to do so.

Disclaimer: Advice given in this article is general and is not intended to influence readers' decisions. They should always seek their professional advice that takes into account their circumstances before making any decision.

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