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Osun 2022: Politicians in Nigeria take advantage of poor electorate

A social critic and aspirant in the 2022 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Busuyi Oyewole, has accused elected political office holders in Osun of failing to bring meaningful developments to their constituencies.

Speaking with DAILY POST in Osogbo on Wednesday, the engineer-turned-social crusader also accused elected political office holders from both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of neglecting the electorate in their constituencies after election victories but always coming back to them when their votes are needed again.

Oyewole revealed that the attitude shown by this set of politicians is not masses-oriented but they are always using the people as a means to achieve an end.

He explained that this attitude has always succeeded because of the poor political education of the majority of the masses.

According to him, “The political class has always taken advantage of the masses. This is because the masses have little or no education politically and this they use to advantage.

“They are aware that these people know that elections come up every three or four years, depending. So, these politicians start to court the people when the election comes but after that, they disappear to the comfort and attractions of their political offices and repeat the same cycle during another term.”

Oyewole, however, stated that only a few from the political class have tried to carry the masses along after achieving victory in the polls.

“You can ask these politicians what the people have benefitted from them. All the opportunities available for the masses are distributed to their family members and cronies. All you see them giving the poor are motorcycles, sewing machines, wheelbarrows, farming implements, hairdryers all in the name of empowerment.

“Some even go as far as organising kitchens for the people as what they have for them after four years of representation.

“I tell you that I won’t be surprised to see this same cycle repeating itself as we get ready to vote in 2022 and 2023 respectively.”

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