By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Senator-elect in Osun West, Engr Adelere Oriolowo, has explained the adverse effect ‘vote buying’ will continue to have on the country if not eradicated in the Nigeria polity.
Oriolowo who described vote buying as a “very bad thing” said that has been causing poor performance of elected officials in Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists in Osogbo on Wednesday, he stressed that monetization of politics does not help in liberating Nigeria from poverty but rather contributing to poverty.
Oriolowo who spoke on the challenges he had during the last election that produced him as Senator, insisted that politicians would continue to perform poorly as long as people decide to collect money for vote.
According to him, “No voter can live on N2,000 for one week. If N7million is used judiciously, especially if spent on agriculture, it would have a long term effect on the people instead of given 3,500 people who can not spend it more than a week.”
He then called on Nigerians to join hands in fighting the monetization of politics which he described as bad omen for the development of Nigeria.
He also tasked journalists to sensitize the electorates on the danger of selling their votes saying, the development of Nigeria is a joint task that left no one.
The Senator elect reiterated his promise to embark on programmes that would improve standard of living of Osun West Senatorial district.
Oriolowo who also maintained that agriculture remains the best way to engage unemployed youths, insisted that Nigeria can be great if leaders are sincere.