Whenever elections are drawing close in Nigeria, politicians engage in all sorts of lobbying. That is when they will start promising heaven and earth as if it is not their duty as leaders to provide social amenities for the people.
To get into power in Nigeria, you have to do whatever it takes, even if it means trying to buy people over with money and food stuff. They distribute customized rice, yam, garri and other ridiculous things. Since the poverty rate is high, some Nigerians often fall for this.
The distribution of foodstuff and other items to voters during elections has become a norm.
Below are some of the things we’ve seen Nigerian politicians share during the election period.
1. Bag of rice
During the Ekiti state governorship election in 2014, Governor Ayodele Fayose distributed bags of rice to students, market women and workers. The bags of rice were customized with Fayose’s name. The same thing happened during the 205 presidential election as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shared rice packaged in bags as Goodluck Rice.
Jonathan also campaigned with loaves of bread. It’s only in Nigeria you see presidential aspirants campaign with bread
3. Exercise book
During the 2015 presidential election period, the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigned with exercise books. The front page had the picture of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo, while the back page has the party’s manifesto.
4. Match box
Trust the PDP to always come up with souvenirs that will leave you speechless.
APC members were said to have shared the soap courtesy of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.
In 2013, the PDP shared N50 worth of indomie noodles to induce voters.
7. Recharge card
APC took political campaign to another level when they had their logo printed on the body of MTN recharge cards.
This is the most recent. Few days to the September 28 governorship election in Edo state, a photo of the APC offering free akara went viral.
Are Nigerians that hungry?