In this psycho-analytical article, our Senior Correspondent, Olalekan Smart, peruses into the ugly trend of vote buying characterizing Nigeria Political Firmament, wondering why a man of honor like Dr. Tunji Abayomi, a renowned Legal Luminary and Human Rights Activist should be caught in this web of moral and criminal misdemeanor;
The only constant thing in life is change. Dr. Tunji Abayomi justified his abysmal performance in the 2016 governorship primary election of the Ondo state APC with his disdain for vote buying.
He claimed he lost out because he refused to influence the delegates with money. It’s inhuman and barbaric to buy the conscience of the delegates or voters which in effect will deprived the people of good, sincere & diligent representation.
According to him, he can’t be part of such ugly and dirty politics. Unfortunately, our dear human rights and social justice defender is singing different tunes now. He is on the field now sharing money to APC delegates in Ondo North senatorial district to influence their decision and buy their conscience in the forthcoming APC senatorial primaries.
The Tunji Abayomi that we know is not the type to pamper delegates or voters with money. He usually hided behind moral pretence to escape spending money for party faithful.
However, the current but strange scenario is understandable. He can share money now because the money isn’t his. It was alleged that the governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Akeredolu propped him up to contest the senate, to fight the national body of the APC.
Akeredolu said he needs somebody that can fight dirty to counter the anticipated onslaught from the national body. Akeredolu is now bankrolling the candidacy of Abayomi upon the realization that he is a political paperweight that can’t deliver, even his local government let alone his senatorial district.
A whopping #100m was released to Abayomi to buy his way through. APC members and the general public are watching keenly to see how things will play out.
The delegates are happy that for once in his political career, Abayomi, a Comrade is paying his old debts. It’s harvest time for the delegates. Some of whom have not benefited anything from either Abayomi or Akeredolu’s government before now. They are therefore happier to receive the largess with a resolve to vote their conscience at the primary. They refused to be fooled by the sudden generosity of Abayomi, afterall the money is coming from their common wealth.