Nigerian Youths Have Boxed Themselves Into Modern Slaves
OpenLife Nigeria reports that the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Delta state, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, has expressed dismay about electioneering in Nigeria, saying the process is deteriorating on yearly basis.
Ogboru, who led APGA as the face of the opposition in the state before the 2023 elections expressed the lamentation during an overview of the 2023 general elections.
The experienced politician had contested for Delta governorship in 2003 and lost.
In 2007, 2010 rerun and 2011 elections, he ran under the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP where he put up a strong fight against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In those elections, he produced some members of the State House of Assembly.
However and in specific reference, Ogboru said “I want to say that the process of electioneering in Nigeria is deteriorating on yearly basis and this should not be so.
“From what we have witnessed, it will be safe to conclude that no person again can win an election without a very deep pocket. As a matter of fact, after those elections, one of my children sent a text to me and said, ‘daddy we will not contest election again unless we have N10 billion’.
“If I have to extrapolate, I want to say the youths of today have caged themselves; we find it a bit worrisome and unthinkable that people can willingly sell their birth rights by selling their votes.
“By so doing, they consign themselves into modern slaves and they have no voice to therefore to question the doings of government; this is pathetic, sad and unacceptable, the future has to guide against it.”