This year i think is the time you should step up your game and be ahead of your political game the best way to win election will sure put you trough.
- The desperation to get the support of the electorate usually leads many of the politicians trying all sorts of unusual political gimmicks.
1. In this piece, A Day Info shows you ways and deceitful but popular and funny techniques Nigerian politicians have, over the time taking advantage of them and gain their round and have deployed to win political mandates.
Stomach infrastructure Stomach infrastructure is a new vocabulary in Nigeria’s political dictionary. It is simply about giving gift items to voters to get their votes. Notably, it crept into Nigeria’s political wordlist after the 2014 Ekiti governorship election when voters were given gifts of bags of rice and other foodstuffs to vote for the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose. However, distributing foodstuff and other gifts during campaigns in Nigeria did not start with the 2014 Ekiti election. It has been happening in many parts of the country but it became more prominent, with viral photos on social media, during the Ekiti election.
- 2. Playing up the poverty sentiment
“In my early days in school I had no shoes, no school bags. I carried my books in my hands but never despaired, no car to take me to school, but I never despaired.” – Former president Goodluck Jonathan’s popular quote.Another popular way Nigerian politicians secure mandates is by playing up the poverty sentiment. Though some of them are stupendously rich, they play up the poverty narrative detailing how they were once “poor and could not afford three-square meals”. They use this technique to appeal to the masses and make them believe that they understand their plight and know the best way to address their challenges.
This is a form of political corruption in which an influential member of a party assists a political aspirant/candidate in the climb to political leadership. The political godfathers are like kingmakers, their candidates usually win, by hook or crook. Thus, what many politicians do is to secure the support of a godfather by agreeing to a certain ‘deal’ and the seat will be guaranteed.
This is similar to stomach infrastructure but it mainly has to do with money. It is simply a process where voters are given money, especially on the election day, to vote in certain directions. It has been in existence for long but it also gained a heightened prominence during the recently conducted 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state.
This technique has also been adopted by popular politicians across all the major political parties in the country. It involves the politicians engaging in acts peculiar to the masses as part of their efforts to gain popularity among the people. They photograph themselves drinking ‘pure water’ (sachet water common among the Nigerian masses), eating in local food joints, etc.