I didn't wake up one rainy day and decide to quit voting in
INEC-organised elections in Nigeria. In fact, I was so sold on
exercising my Civic duties such that I would convince folks in my district to register to vote and participate in the electoralprocess. I would provide transportation and convey folks in myvehicle to go out to vote. I begged, badgered and bullied them to vote. Yet, I wasn't a member of any political party. I got no dime from anyone; I just wanted folks to participate. Most did participate...I now believe they just humored me...
In retrospect, I believe I had mental problems then...the Good
Lord delivered me from the spirit of naivete!
We had been studying the Nigerian Electoral system for
years...and we often wondered why the worst among us got
victorious in elections. We would analyse, get data, make
charts and question why our analysis were not jiving. We had
not tied the 1999 constitution to the electoral process of
Over the time, we started studying OECD countries and why
the politicians feared the people so much. Our researches
made us explore the electoral systems of European countries especially Switzerland and Germany and the US.
all the electoral systems, that of the US was most fascinating
(aside that of Switzerland) as they operate the presidential
system. Nigeria only copied the phrase "presidential system"
from the US; there the similarities end!
Kindly consider the following facts:
1. The US State has nothing like INEC or its equivalent
2. The US president does not appoint an electoral chairman
neither do they fund elections
3. The US federal government does NOT conduct elections
4. The US federal government has ZERO input in elections on
the day of or any day at that
5. The US federal government does not have electoral staff
and does not print ballot papers
6. There are no electoral materials and personnel from
Washington to different parts of the US on election day
7. Neither the US Military, CIA nor FBI is involved during
The profound effect of this is that the US president has ZERO
influence in his own election! Little wonder the US presidents
are always trying to convince the voters of their policies and
intentions as their fate wholly depends on the decision of the
voters. So who conducts the federal, state and local elections in the US? The state governors?
No! The US State governors do NOT conduct elections; they are as lame as the US president in electoral matters! The fate of the state governors and the state Senate (what we call the State House of Assembly in Nigeria) are not decided by them! So who conducts the presidential, gubernatorial, Congressional and senatorial elections then?Constitutionally, the County conducts the elections!Technically, the People do!
A county in the US is the equivalent of a local government in
Nigeria! The county is responsible for conducting ALL elections in the US; from the presidential to the governorship,
senatorial, congressional and what have you! Even the county doesn't even conduct these elections per se...they devolve the powers to the Municipal Governments...the community...the People!
So in every Community, the People themselves register to
vote; the different parties and the Municipal Governments
conduct the elections! They download the ballots, print, and all residents of the community come out on the day to vote. The electoral officers are members of the community, of the
parties and Municipal officers. Elections are an "Umunna" or
"àwõn mòlébí" things! What the Hausa speakers call "namu'ne" or the Urhobo would call the "election avware" things!
In such elections, the contestants are well-represented in
every Municipality and county. The votes are automatically
uploaded as the elections progress. The mayor as a
ceremonial electoral chairman for the Municipality simply
announces the results already uploaded. Every contestant
would know his fate just when the ordinary citizen knows the
results! The room for hanky-panky is so low that almost all
contestants accept the results!
Now compare that to the Nigerian Electoral system and#thinkAgain!
In the Nigerian State, INEC is owned by the president, controlled by the president, chairman chosen by the President.
police. army, police, DSS, etc, controlled by the president "secure" the elections, ballot papers are printed by the presidency anddistributed across the country on Election Day (just imagine the abominable logistical headache)...and we outspend the USA in organizing our sham elections!
Let's stop here a while and allow us to digest the US and
Nigerian electoral philosophies. When we finally got it, it
dawned on us why the Nigerian State produces bunkum as
leaders; the people don't decide electoral outcomes; the
federal government does!
I got cured of insanity when I had that understanding...so for
those angling for the 2023 elections, it would turn out exactly
like the 2019 elections as predicted on this wall. I have no
quarrels with those that hope on elections with the Nigerian
electoral system...all I feel for them is this deep pity...
For lack of knowledge, the People suffer... nowhere has that
been more profound than among the peoples of Nigeria!
I've been cured of insanity now; I shall NEVER participate in
the insult called elections in Nigeria until we topple the
fraudulent system and adopt something normal humans
employ as electoral system! I am very done with that nonsense we call elections here! Next upload, we shall discuss how elections are won or lost in Nigeria...
The Nigerian electoral system is mental slavery...emancipate
yourselves and help destroy that evil constitution! Nigeria as
constituted, is Tragedy in Motion!
Uncle Egunmogaji, am I wrong about how US electoral process?
Great point you have up there, so how did Buhari rumple Goodluck regim.