This is the position of Dr. Kazeem Bello, a United States of America, U.S-based analyst and President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, NIDO, New Jersey chapter.
The elections in the two states saw the incumbents, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, of Edo and Ondo states respectively, being declared re-elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Bello, who is also the Principal Partner/CEO of Afrique Capital and Equity Funds Ltd, New York, USA, said that the results of the elections showed that the Nigerian voters are getting better informed and could no longer be taken for granted as was the case in the past.
According to him, part of the reason for this growing awareness and principled stand is the increasing level of poverty in the country which has made it clear that the people must take their destiny in their own hands and not only vote but defend their votes.
He said that the signal has been sent out via the two results that the days of epileptic or poor performance by elected officials is over.
“You can no longer underperform and wait for a godfather to assist you impose your candidacy on the people,” he said, insisting that voters are fed up with poor performance which endangers their livelihoods, but are now ready to reward good governance with their votes.
He said that if the trend continues, the country would soon, “surely overcome the challenges confronting its democracy,” stressing, however, that the issues surrounding the country’s “defective constitution” must be tackled immediately.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the INEC a free hand to conduct the two elections, insisting that that is as it should be.