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UPDATE: Nigeria’s Electoral System Is Deeply Corrupt – Babangida

According to Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger State, the voting system in the nation is incredibly corrupt.

This was said by Aliyu on Saturday during the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Kaduna state chapter’s 2023 Annual Lecture and General Meeting.

The nation’s crooked electoral system, according to the former governor, prevents honourable people from running for office.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain added that primary election delegates view the nomination process as a means of profit.

He said: “One of the issues that may erode the confidence in our system is in our election and electoral system, to the extent that some prominent Nigerians are questioning whether democracy is workable in Nigeria,” he said.

“The process is so corrupted that it has become impossible for honest and not well-to-do-person to contest election in Nigeria.

“The delegates see the nomination process as their opportunity to make money and shamelessly collect from all the aspirants, knowing that they can only cast their votes for one person. At the end of it all, the highest bidder gets nominated.”

The former governor of Niger also spoke, stating that the court has elected the majority of election winners due to the extent of corruption in the electoral system.

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He added: “Our institutions that should engender confidence and loyalty to the nation have become porous, corrupt and display a total lack of integrity.

“Sale and purchase of appointment both at the civil service and political levels. Most of these offices are supposed to be neutral, non-partisan and loyal to the country and the government of the day.

“How can that happen when an officer who purchased his offices now knows the beauty of corruption?

“In addition, these are the offices that talk, treat and handle issues of ethical, sustainable development. We may be doomed if we don’t arrest and correct the situation.

“How many of us know the councillor representing your ward, the members of the state assembly, your members of the house of representatives, your senator, not to mention your governor or minister?

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“We have a runaway democracy because we, the critical stakeholders, don’t seem to care so long we are in our comfort zone. We must pay attention so that those we elect must be reminded of their responsibilities.”

 

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