Comment: Roland Digieneni, Bayelsa
Nigerian elections are different to elections in other countries. There is a very high level of political consciousness in the country. There is this popular maxim that ‘when you control political power, you control the economic power of a nation’. The federal system of government in Nigeria is different from that in other climes. All powers reside with the central government; the states are like the vassal states of the Roman Empire. It is in Nigeria where you hear about ‘revenue sharing’ among the central government and the states. If you control the centre, you virtually control everything. This is the reason why elections in the past were ‘do or die’ affair. Every aspirant, political party and their supporters wants to win at all cost.