Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Drainage Services, Joe Igbokwe, says money plays a big role in winning elections.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Igbokwe emphasised that with money, a politician can do great things.
“Joe Kane who was the Campaign manager for Richard Nixon Presidential bid was asked what it takes to win presidential elections in the United States and he said one is money, two is money and three is money. Money does unimaginable things in politics. I was the publicity Secretary of AC, ACN and APC Lagos from 2005 to 2019 and I know what I am talking about,” Igbokwe, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), wrote on his known Facebook page on Tuesday night.
Political commentators say money politics in Nigeria started immediately after Independence, but became obvious during the 1992 campaign exercise.
The major causes identified are: poor level of discipline in political parties, poverty, corruption, undefined party goal and godfatherism. According to researchers, the major effects are: it perverse justice and creates problems for good governance, it takes away competence and creates room for looters, it creates way for ‘’who is who‘’ in a party and in government, and masses’ interests are not assured.
It was discovered that wealthy Nigerian politicians take advantage of the level of poverty and unemployment in the country to achieve their personal interests.