Former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka
A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka has condemned Nigerians apathy towards casting their votes.
Chidoka, who expressed his concern via his Facebook page, said a situation, where less than 10% voted to determine who governs a state for the next four years, is not good enough.
With reference to the recent Anambra State governorship election, he wrote,
“You sat at home screaming ‘no elections’, 104,037 voters determined the Governor of Anambra State; less than 5 per cent of registered voters.
“The elected Governor will oversee state budget of at least 400 billion naira over the next four years. If you add Local Government funds, it will be over 700 billion naira.
“You sat at home and said voting does not count; the election is already rigged. Two hundred nineteen thousand five hundred eighteen persons (219,518); less than 10% of registered voters went out, and the parties bought votes from between 1000 and 5000 Naira per vote.
If voters don’t count, why did the politicians buy votes? At an average of 3,000 per vote, a Governor can be elected with less than 350 million Naira by a hungry minority. If 1m voters had come out, it would have been difficult. Mad people everywhere.” (sic)
In a subsequent post, the former aviation minister stated that the low turnout is bad for Igbo people, adding that Soludo won “fair and square.”
He said, “We are not discussing defeat or party here. Soludo won fair and square. The point is why sit at home in an election that will determine our future locally? Low turnout in Igboland is bad; bad for us as a people. It allows for state capture by leaders.” (sic)