Party delegates are taking advantage of their parties’ primaries to make money from aspirants, with some of them describing themselves and the electioneering season as beautiful brides and opportunistic respectively. But there are concerns raised from all spheres of the Nigerian society over what is seen as another form of corruption, with calls that the delegates be prosecuted.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at a book launch, former President Goodluck Jonathan described the ongoing primaries as a mess.
Jonathan said, “These whole primaries going on across the country is a mess. This is not a standard practice. The process has failed.
“We cannot use the process to elect president, governors, senators, and House of Representatives members and others.
“The process has already failed, which is not good for the country. But we will manage and move on.”
Also, the election umpire itself, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), expressed fears over the manner politicians have monetized the country’s electoral process, describing it as a dangerous trend.