I’ll only vote if someone gives me money ~ Elderly Woman opens up [video]

 I’ll only vote if someone gives me money ~ Elderly Woman opens up [video] 

I’ll only vote if someone gives me money ~ Elderly Woman opens up [video]

Election season in Nigeria is just around the corner, and with it comes the usual buzz of political campaigns and the anticipation of the election day. However, a recent street Vox Pop has revealed a concerning trend amongst some elderly citizens, who are demanding payment before participating in the democratic process.

One elderly woman, in particular, stated that she will only cast her vote if she receives a payment. "I have my Permanent Voters Card, but I will only vote if I'm given money," she explained. "I will sell my vote for a minimum of N20,000, and whoever gives me the money is who I will vote for."

Her comments highlight a growing issue in Nigeria, where the act of buying and selling votes is becoming more commonplace. It's a worrying trend that threatens the very essence of democracy, where citizens should be able to vote freely, without coercion or financial incentives.

The woman's comment that "nothing is being done for free in Nigeria anymore" speaks to the socio-economic challenges faced by many Nigerians, particularly those in rural areas. Poverty, unemployment and inflation are all contributing factors that may lead some citizens to view their vote as a commodity that can be traded for cash.

However, the consequences of such actions can be dire. When politicians buy votes, they are not held accountable for their actions, as they have not won based on their policies or track record, but instead by monetary means. This results in leaders who are not necessarily qualified or capable of leading effectively, and may not have the interests of their constituents at heart.

It's important that all citizens understand the gravity of their vote and the impact it can have on the country's future. Rather than selling their votes, Nigerians should take the time to research and evaluate the policies and track records of political candidates, and vote based on merit, rather than financial gain.

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