Today, 28th of march, 2015, Nigerians are going to the polls to elect leaders that will steer the ship of governance for the next four years. The build up to the elections has indicated that this election is a hotly contested election and most Nigerians are eager to vote for the candidate of their choice. The wave of activism from the Nigerian people to make their votes count has been unequalled in the history of elections in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, all sorts of overtures have been made to the electorates by the political parties to win their votes but the sad commentary is that mundane things such as rice, telephone recharge cards, cooking gas, plasma Television , raw cash including foreign currencies have been given to voters to harvest their votes.
The rivalry between the frontline political parties the All progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been very rife. The print, electronic and social media spaces has played host to all sorts of propagandas, gang wars and hate languages purportedly from the supporters of the frontline parties. On ground, there have been massive violence to the extent that thugs have been unleashed on the electorates to threaten them to vote for a particular party.
As of this morning there have been text messages purportedly sent out by the leader of one of the frontline parties directing its supporters to vote for a particular candidate. Text messages have also gone out saying that some candidates have withdrawn from the race.
Whether we like it or not these activities will have an influence on how the people will vote today. But whatever the propagandas , violence or money politics, let us all remember that Nigeria belongs to all of us and that the future of Nigeria will be extinguished in that woman or man that allows money politics to determine his or her vote.
Let us be wise and use our vote to vote out corruption, insecurity, bad leadership, unemployment and economic regression.
Let us come out en mass and vote for the candidates that can demonstrate good leadership, integrity and seriousness in repositioning Nigeria to take back its rightful
position in the comity of Nations.
Let us go out and do it right so that we can get it right!