Reflections on the Anambra Election

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Ndi Anambra well done! The election is finally over.  The incumbent Governor Willie Obiano of APGA won the election.  The event was deemed to be free, fair, and secure.  The threat of the Indigenous people of Biafra was not an issue in the process.  The president came to participate in a peaceful APC rally in Anambra state.

There are few issues, some political parties were purchasing votes ranging from N2,000 to N3,000.  Ndi Anambra, your power is not worth that kind of money.  Please in the future do not sell your power for a loaf of bread.  In addition, only less than 25% of the registered voters actually went out to vote.  We need to understand the importance of the vote.  I understand your fears however, if we do not vote, we will keep getting what we receive in incompetency and lack of good governance and the rule of law.  The elite will mobilize their cronies to vote them into power.  If candidates realize that people go out to vote them in and out of office, this would hold them accountable to serve the masses.

Look at Zimbabwe; Robert Mugabe ran the country to the ground for over 30 years.  During elections, he would mobilize his loyalists and rig the election.  People were not responsive or supporting the opposition.  This is a typical example of a democracy that was dysfunctional because the citizens were not voting.  Luckily, Mugabe is forced out of power; what next? More of the same?  Let us all wait and see.

Again, Ndi Anambra, well done and thank you for setting the tone for the rest of our beloved country, Nigeria.

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