By Akin Irede
Posted on Thursday, 23 June 2022 18:43, updated on Friday, 24 June 2022 16:56
Voters in the recently concluded Ekiti State governorship election sold their ballot for about $11 each, a development observers believe is a bad omen ahead of the crucial 2023 Presidential election in Africa’s largest democracy.
How much does it cost to buy a vote in Africa’s largest democracy? It used to be about N10,000 ($23) per head. However, with the rising poverty in Nigeria, voters seem to have lowered the bar even further as it now costs as low as $11 to buy a vote as evidenced in the latest governorship election in Ekiti, a largely agrarian state in Nigeria’s southwest.
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Nigeria’s rising insecurity reached new heights on Tuesday night 5 June as terrorists bombed Kuje prison, the nation’s most fortified correctional centre. The country’s most notorious terrorist suspects are being detained there. No fewer than 600 inmates were freed in the process, although authorities say about 300 escapees have now been captured. Nigeria’s defence minister Bashir Magashi says all 64 inmates that have links to the Boko Haram Islamist rebel group are still on the loose.
The flanks of giant cargo ships rise above us like mountains. Winches haul tin cans off boats; berths prepare for arrivals. We are in Busan, South Korea, in 2018, on the fringes of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings.
The exploitation of the world’s largest iron ore deposit, which was relaunched in March, is now at a standstill. Why? Rio Tinto and the Winning Consortium have failed to comply with the ultimatum given by Mamadi Doumbouya, head of Guinea’s transitional government.
The United States is under pressure to reclassify Nigeria as a country that violates religious freedom due to recent cases of blasphemy killings which the government has failed to tackle. And with the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), now on the verge of presenting a joint Muslim Presidential ticket for next year’s election in the deeply divided country, Christian conservatives have joined the push for Nigeria to be reinstated on the list. How will this affect the outcome of the country’s election?

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