so far in the state are not based on pressing issues that affect the
people. Responding to questions on the topic – 2019 Elections: Early
Warning and Response to Vote Buying and Selling in Ogun State.
Times reports that, a University don, Dr.
Adebiyi Abosede denounced absence of clear cut political ideology to
separate parties. In his words, “The political weather is
inclement and outrightly divisive instead of being issue based.
Something in the garb of NURTW. It has been one abuse or the other,
exhuming dirty past of oppositions. No party discipline, no clear cut
political ideology to separate parties”.
a staff of the Department of Business Administration, Olabisi
Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, viewed that bad governance has been
with us for a very long time. There were inducements during the
Action Group, NCNC etc. Given the level of greed and search for
freebies vote buying will take place in the election, only that smart
politicians will want us to see it as inducement.
to him, Politicians are now very desperate and will do almost
anything to get votes. it is disturbing more so that some of our Obas
are openly taking sides and giving unnecessary endorsements. He
opined that the signals are not encouraging a bit. “As a people
we are approaching our politicians from their negatives, replete of
hate speeches in addition to unsubstantiated criminal allegations
which will not help matter but raise the level of hatred”.
Times further reports that, Professor Adebiyi recommends change in
our behaviour and adherence to the laws. We are all political only
that many are not party card carrying members. Solution can come from
anywhere since the challenge is more about attitude. This will bring
about the development we are yearning for such that there will be
employment opportunities, security of lives and properties, and
encouraged leadership of SPSP to step up advocacy to among other
things wean the youths from the aprons of the fatigued leaders and as
well encourage the society to be more interested in common good
instead of selfish pursuits.
admonished the youths to have a lot on their sleeves for the good of
this country. They should desist from making themselves available as
tools to these fatigued politicians. Instead they should ask
questions, set the agenda and press for effective human capital
development to tackle future challenges.
Ground is a programme organised by Ogun State Chapter of the Society
for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP).