Nigeria 2023: Will the Presidential election go to the highest bidder?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Thursday, 23 June 2022 18:43, updated on Friday, 24 June 2022 16:56

A man raises a ballot paper during the counting of governorship and state assembly election results in Lagos
A man raises a ballot paper during the counting of governorship and state assembly election results in Lagos, Nigeria March 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adelaja Temilade

Voters in the recently concluded Ekiti State governorship election sold their ballot for about $11 each, a development observers believe is a bad omen ahead of the crucial 2023 Presidential election in Africa’s largest democracy.

How much does it cost to buy a vote in Africa’s largest democracy? It used to be about N10,000 ($23) per head. However, with the rising poverty in Nigeria, voters seem to have lowered the bar even further as it now costs as low as $11 to buy a vote as evidenced in the latest governorship election in Ekiti, a largely agrarian state in Nigeria’s southwest.