In Nigeria, no man or woman ventures into politics without having much money in his or her bank account. Many good people have crashed in politics due to lack of adequate fund to sponsor their electioneering campaigns.
According to King Solomon in the Holy Scripture money answers all things. Indeed in Nigeria, money twists and bends the conscience of delegates and eligible voters to cast their votes for candidates or aspirants who pay much.
Voters do not vote for credible candidates, but those that can satisfy their instant gratification.
Chief Zebulun Abule became so prominent in the politics of old Rivers State because of his massive wealth. Chief Abule contested the governorship race on the platform of the defunct National Republican Conventional (NRC) in the old Rivers State. He had mass fellowership.
Dr. Peter Odili became so pronounced in Nigeria and Rivers politics due to the way he was spending money. Odili over night became a household name in the state. He spent money indiscriminately.
Just a shout of his name (Odili), one then was sure of going home with millions of naira.
Impeccable source has hinted this publication that the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Hon. Dakuku Peterside budgeted a total sum of N19bn for his election in 2015.
The Newswriter gathered that before, Dakuku was adopted, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi summoned him (Dakuku) and Senator Magnus Abe. And in the said meeting the Governor asked them to declare the amount of money they have set aside for their gubernatorial election. According to what we gathered, Senator Abe told the Governor that he had only N1bn, while Chief Dakuku informed Amaechi that he has kept aside N19bn for the 2015 governorship election.
Sequel to this development the governor has no option than to adopt Dakuku as the governorship flagbearer of the APC come 2015.
Our checks, however revealed that one of the reasons, why Senator Abe fell out of the governorship race was lack of adequate funds. With the current politics in the state, N1bn cannot go far, especially when it comes to the issue of the governorship election. ###