Analyst advocates electoral reform to end money politics

INEC adhoc workers count ballot papers during sorting at a polling station in Kano State, Nigeria February 23, 2019.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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By Abdullahi Shugaba

Katsina, June13, 2022 Malam Ibrahim Gozaki, a Political Analyst in Katsina has advocated for proactive measures to check spate of money politics in the country.

Gozaki made the call in an interview with newsmen in Katsina on Monday.

He said that time has come when candidates with low financial standing shelved the idea of seeking for elective positions.

The political analyst alledged that money politics characterised primary elections recently conducted by political parties to pick candidates in the 2023 general elections.

He said the highest bidder got tickets to contest on the platforms of their political parties.

“No matter how competent a person is, if he did not induce the delegates with money or material gains, they will not vote for him or her.

“Therefore, in Nigeria politics today, money is the determining factor for one to have the ticket to contest election.

“This is an ugly situation where incompetent politicians use money to buy delegates to contest elections to win and govern people” he said.

Gozaki, therefore, called for apprpopriate measures to sanitise the electoral process and urged Nigerians to shun money politics to further entrench democratic governance in the country.