In more advanced countries, the issue of a permanent voters’ card (PVC) would not even come up, but because of our backwardness in technological advancement, we have settled for this type of method which is still riggable but believed to be less prone to rigging because of the biometric update, for our secret ballot.
As we approach the year 2020, a somewhat disgraceful political year of so many projected but unaccomplished visions, the 2019 general elections is going to be one we haven’t seen before with so many significance. It is going to determine the future of Nigeria in many ways. The future of the country hangs in the balance, as Nigeria has become a typical example for the Malthusian Theory of Population with its population growing at a massively geometrical proportion and predicted to hit 350 million in 2050 surpassing the population of the United States of America, and it’s GDP growing at a dawdling arithmetical proportion, hence leading to both overpopulation and inflation at the same time.
The past four years has been a very trying time for Nigerians who are known to have a very high tolerance for suffering (“Suffering and Smiling” in the words of the Legendary singer, Anikulapo Kuti) but seemed to have been stretched beyond their cords this time with inflation with less and less money value to buy inflated goods, hence living in extreme poverty and hunger.
All these put together led the people to make a bold statement of “enough is enough” giving rise to several movements, campaign, and publicity which resulted in a never-seen-before turn out for PVC registration to the extent that people resumed at registration booths as early as 5:00am in a bid to use the so called “only power” that they have in making their voices heard.
If history is something to go by, no sitting president has ever been ousted from office after his first term since 1999, so this statement by the Nigerian populace, is it to oust the sitting tenure? that would not be easy? but if that’s the case, would the people’s will still stand? We would want to believe so because the sitting presidency stands against corruption, right? The North which is where most of the election manipulation happens, is being thrown into chaos, and yet to decide on who to support with two of their own contesting.
But speculations aside, people are beginning to have some ideas that there’s not going to be any difference between this election and previous one, that the will of people might not stand, owing to quite a number of lessons learnt from the just concluded Osun State gubernatorial election where issues of rigging still arose severally to the extent that the results were at first declared inconclusive by the electoral body and some part of the State had to do a re-run which is still being challenged in court.
You’d agree that all these put together would make one think; if a gubernatorial election could go that poorly, what would happen during the presidential election; Wouldn’t it be better to just sit in one’s house and watch how it’d all go, saving themselves from the potential violence or heavy shootings like what they had in Osun State, I mean what difference would it make?