POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FUNDING AND THE LOOMING TSUNAMI OF POVERTY IN NIGERIA

BY

AKIN OYEBODE

Introduction

It might sound somewhat banal but we need to be reminded of the observation of Marx that elections in class societies merely afford the masses once every four or five years the opportunity of selecting their executioners! Admittedly, contestants for political power especially in transitional societies and peripheral economies such as Nigeria are wont to indulge in the belief that they are operating on a level playing field where the most able or competent contestant would carry the day, the harsh lesson of history is that this is hardly the case since the shibboleth of free and fair elections is a mere camouflage for a process that looks more like a bazaar or casino where those with larger wallets and access to the necessities of life are more likely to carry the day as against those with superior ideas, better manifestos, and more interesting weltanschauung but lean pockets and material resources are wherewithal. Continue reading 

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