In Nigeria today, Nigerians exercise their civic responsibilities at the polling booths, with hunger and poverty in the land intheir minds.
This is to the advantage of the contestants, who are extremely desperate to garner votes, to give them unhindered access to the Government treasury.
Sadly, at the Local and State Government levels, the electorate are’blindfolded’ to vote for unknown candidates, who at the long run behave true to type, after winning elections. Since, they do not know those who voted for them, they immediatley disconnect with the electorate, once they occupy public office.
Although sources of funds of contestants is of great importance, same has not been given serious attention over the years.
However, in the time past, specifically 2007, the situation was quite different, when Princess Patience Ajudua won election into the Delta state House of Assembly on the Platform of the Accord Party, to represent Oshimili North state constituency.
The people of the state constituency voted for whom they know very well and who also know them very well.
Princess Ajudua is from the Ajudua familyt of Ibusa, a family which has impacted poisitively, on the lives of the people.
The family, singlehandedly tarred the major link road from St. Augustine Primary school to the General hospital in Ibusa.
In addition the family rehabilitated and resuscitated the water reservoir in the community for the benefit of the people, while also ensuring that it constructed an ultra moderm library inside St. Augustine Primary school. It also granted scholarships to imdigent students of the community.
Not done yet, the family established a community bank and named it after the founder of Ibusa, Umeje.
Indeed, personal resources had gone into the empowerment of the people , before Princess Ajudua became the peoples’ representative.
Such instances are rare in the present dispensation, considering the lies, deceit and unfulfilled promises of the elected representatives of the people.
The people have actually identified those who can deliver the dividends of Democracy, unfortunately, those identified do not belong to the two dominant political parties in Nigeria. Although, Nigeria is not operating a two party system, the two political parties have up till date won almost all elective positions in the country .
Of worry, is the fact that most of the elected rperesntatives are rubber stamps to any decision taken by the Executive, even if such decisions against the interests of the people they claim to represent.
Sadly, the cries of the people, that they are tired of cosmetic empowerment programmes, have fell on deaf ears.
Curiously, the people insist that their votes did not count in the 2015 general elections in a number of states of the federation, this they say resulted in the presence of strange faces as their representatives in public offices .
For the major purpose of economic growth and development, Government should do all within its capacity to ensure that the peoples’ votes count, and depend less on imposition and manipulation. Hopefully.