People are again into lots of feeding frenzy as pretenders to elective posts are out to win every vote at all cost. The traditional practices of patronage politics is entrenched in the system that voters are no longer guided by principles and platforms of governance in choosing candidate to various positions. The common consideration had always been the take one can rake out of the political exercise. Even the neglected lot that often complain for their plight are easily duped into supporting the candidate who can provide instant benefits that are lost as fast if not faster than they are gained.
Politicians are exploiting the vulnerable electorate who are easily duped into voting for the right reasons in the sense as understood by the corrupt system. Apart from politicians going out to dupe the electorate with every valuable lure, there too are many who resort to force and intimidation just to win. Voters are presumed to be a gullible lot that can be duped in hordes for taking baits in exchange for their votes.
Ironically, these politicians all profess goodness and with good intentions of serving the people. Many embark their candidacy in the most pious ways, holding prayers and masses before filing their certificates of candidacies. These are acts of goodness that provide the people a glance at the kind of leaders they are to put to office. But good intentions and the show of force in prayers and masses are not true indicators of the quality and character of the candidates.
It is tough to decipher who among the candidates professing good intentions can best serve the public good. Often, these politicians take a different path once voted to office. They set aside vested interests while campaigning but easily forget their good intentions for the public once elected. The trend is for politicians to make the most in other to recover the huge sums spent buying their way to victory in an election that is basically . . . a money contest.
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