Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections is going to be another crucial decision Nigerians will be making. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria is still a two party state: Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressive Party (APC).
Any new political party that plans to dislodge either APC or PDP will have to do extra job, aggressive mobilisation!
But as Nigerians move into 2019 General Elections with more than 90 registered political parties, here are some of the crimes you need to watch out and how to stay protected.
Five crimes to watch out for as Nigeria go into 2019 General Elections
- Fraud-related grant
- Fake news
- Voters’ card buying
Abduction of rich men in exchange for money has been on for some time in Nigeria. There was a time a sitting governor was abducted from government house. That’s to let you how terrible it was.
The kind of kidnap we are going to witness as Nigeria go into 2019 elections is going to be politically motivated and it’s going to be between APC and PDP.
“Politics without bitterness” has been advocated severally in Nigeria, but the reverse is the case.How to stay safe against kidnap: Let at least one of your family members know where you are going. And avoid secluded places. Trust no one in politics.Click To Tweet
Since the Federal Government launched its tradermoni collateral-free loan, where it gave 10, 000 Naira to petty traders across Nigeria. Since then several grants and loans have sprung using a popular politician to perpetrate their crime.
The latest is what some guys call, “Atiku Grant Disbursement” where it was alleged that Atiku was planning to give free 150, 000 Naira to Nigerians. Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of opposition PDP has distanced himself from the grant, calling it “fake” aimed at defrauding Nigerians.
Up till the time of putting this article together some guys were seen registering market women for Atiku Loan in Owode, Ilesa road, Osogbo, Osun, collecting 300 Naira as registration fee.How to avoid fake grant or loan: Registration for tradermoni is free, if anyone tells you to pay for registration to be registered for any kind of grant then think twice. It could be FAKE.Click To Tweet
Another crime that we will continue to battle with as Nigerians warm up for 2019 general Elections is fake news. We understand that Facebook and other social media platforms have given the power to publish whatever anyone likes online. There is no gatekeeper again.
All one needs to publish anything online at this digital age is a browsing phone and 50MB data, and before you blink your eye, it’s gone viral.
Fake result and so on. Please follow INEC official social page on Facebook and twitter to get a genuine election result.How to avoid fake news: Don’t reply on the social media for new source. Read reliable sources like The Punch, The Premium Times, watch Channels TV etc. These media houses have integrity to protect. Their news is verified before going online.Click To Tweet
Voters’ card buying:
Your vote is your power and Nigerian politicians know it. But there will be attempt to buy your voters’ card for them to use for vote rigging. Though there are security measures put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for such cards to be useless unless it used by the real owner.
But Nigeria is country where we love to beat the system. As INEC is saying theirs in Abuja, Voters’ card merchants who work for Nigerian politicians are also working out plans to beat the system.How to avoid voters’ card buying: Tell anyone who comes around attempting to buy your INEC voter’s card that it’s not for sale, or simply tell him you don’t have one.Click To Tweet
Defamation whether slander (spoken) or libel (published or printed) is a crime. However, expressing one’s opinion isn’t a defamation. But in Nigeria’s case, you can hardly distinguish between when someone is expressing his opinion or when he’s attacking his opponent during electioneering period.
“A defamatory statement must be untrue. The law doesn’t prevent people from sharing true information about others. To have a claim for defamation, the statement must be false,” Legalcareerpath.com
Try as much as possible to know the difference between a defamation and opinion so that you are not caught in the act.
There are other crimes that are likely to emerge as we move into Nigeria’s 2019 elections, but the above are the more prevalent ones whenever the country is preparing for an election.
What other politically related crimes do you know of and how to avoid them? Share your thoughts with us.