The new menace which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will be confronting as it takes steps to ensure it deliver a credible, free and fair elections devoid of vote manipulation is now vote merchandise.
Vote buying and selling which is a crime and punishable offence in Nigeria is now becoming rampant as politicians now use it to find their way in achieving victory at all cost.
The happenings of pre and post Ekiti State last Saturday governorship election further exposed the new tactics politicians will be adopting to win elections.
Rigorous campaign, sticking to the ethos of virtue is no longer standard principles of Nigerian political parties as highest biders are the ones who steal conscience of the electorate irrespective of their preferred candidate.
According to reports from elections observers in the last Ekiti governorship election won by candidate of All Progressives Congress, Abiodun Abayomi whose campaign was minimal to other parties reportedly characterized with vote buying and selling.
All the three big political parties, All Progressives Party,APC, Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which participated in the just concluded gubernatorial election of Ekiti are accused of vote buying by approaching the youths, aged, election observers and even bought security agencies.
Viral videos of youths displaying cash with their voters card were seen on social media as they displayed the proceed from selling their votes with high spirit of joy.
Aged men and women also received cash inducement from politician to secure their votes as they also took advantage of the aged for being poor.
Mother of two during the Saturday Ekiti election told journalist that she received the money with happiness saying she will add the money to pay school fees of her children.
While some claimed that the money will be used to cook and enjoy themselves for at least one or two days.