A former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pharmacist Sam Ohuabunwa, has criticised the Nigerian mode of political leadership selection, saying the system was riddled with corruption and fraud.
This was as the former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria observed that the new electoral law didn’t help to check the excesses of politicians at the just concluded national primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress; the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party and the African Democratic Congress, among others.
Ohuabunwa stated this during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, on Tuesday.
He said, “The experience of the last presidential primaries was a shock to us. It didn’t just create additional shock, because we know the system was already rigged in terms of the undemocratic nature of the primaries. But we felt that based on the efforts being made by the new electoral law and serious discussions on the law across the country, there was going to be a change in terms of the way we do political leadership selection or election.
“But the truth is that I was embarrassed. Nothing seems to have changed and the focus of a lot of people was on money more than anything else and that’s the shock.
“The system has always been corrupted by the influence of money and other manipulative tendencies. The fact is what has overtaken the system is the incursion of monetary influence in our leadership selection process. That’s the painful aspect of the whole issue.