"Poverty Verification Cards": I No Longer Trust Social Media Signals

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If what happened in the Ekiti State governorship election is any guide, the party that will win the 2023 presidential election would be the party that bribes voters the most. Even people who sang passionate anti-APC songs on election day, according to news reports, buckled under at the sight of wads of naira and voted for APC! I no longer trust social media and environmental signals as reliable predictors of parties' performance at the polls in 2023. Vote-buying abilities, not mass support or rigging, would determine who would win in 2023. Sad but true. Omoyele Sowore is right to redefine PVCs as "Poverty Verification Cards." With Nigeria being the Poverty Capital of the World, millions of people will verify their cards for the highest bribe givers. Instant monetary gratification is more important to a poor person writhing in unspeakable existential torment than the illusory promise of deferred gratification. And that's precisely why people in power have a crucial self-interest in keeping the populace poor, powerless, and amenable to manipulation through bribery on election days.

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NigeriaLast activity one month ago

"Poverty Verification Cards": I No Longer Trust Social Media Signals


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NigeriaLast activity one month ago

Dont mind those shouting the YOUTHs, the YOUTHs up and down!

"Poverty Verification Cards": I No Longer Trust Social Media Signals

Were they not the ones that voted in JONATHAN in 2011 when they were clamoring for FRESH AIR?

Were they not the ones that voted in BUHARI in 2015 when they were shouting CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE

Now, they want me to believe they have seen the light now..it is OBI...

Please once and for all, YOUTH should go and sit down and take a deep chill!


NigeriaLast activity one month ago

Of the many gimmicks of winning an election, this administration has successfully employed the gimmick of impoverishing its citizens just to score another goal of infiltrating voters with cash through the well-known method of vote buying.


I'm not expecting something different in 2023, even with the wide clamour to get our PVC.

 The bitter truth is that poverty is in the land.

Gas, diesel, fuel, foodstuffs, all household commodities have gone up.


Even getting a bank loan for manufacturers comes with a higher interest rate.


So if living for an average citizen was subjected to living below the minimum standard, now it's been relegated to a miserable state.


So it's a game of highest bidder on the part of our politicians, while the average voter is perplexed about whether to vote for this, that, or a choice candidate. Nevertheless, the voters' choice candidate may be confused as a loss in the present miserable state.

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