LEGISLATION / PAN-AFRICAN THOUGHTS / POLITICS

NIGERIA NEEDS AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE

I only discovered the concept of the electoral college … … I find it extremely fascinating…Bar people invading your country and trying to dominate or control as seen In South Africa, I believe there is legitimacy in the fear of the “Tyranny of the Majority”….especially as Slavery, Nazi Germany and Imperial colonist have shown that the majority/what is legal isn’t always right .Yet if government is by the people for the people, then the government should reflect the aspirations of the majority.
But
Big cities typically drain small towns of their best minds, big cities also have a way of creating uniform thought…. The Lagos Yoruba, Igbo even Fulani……are very different from their brothers and sisters back home in their thinking , openness to others and their range of acceptable norms …In this the modernization theory might hold some weight, BUT this happens at the detriment of the belief systems of those in the towns and villages. Their needs are not prioritized and they are often left behind on the road to development…so does their voice remain silenced because they don’t have the numbers…? because you big city fellas have the numbers?

In Nigeria it’s a different dynamic…. At my age it is the norm for some people to already have eight kids, furthermore, there is a trend that the more educated people get, the less kids they have. This means the population in Nigeria is going to tilt in favour of the uneducated majority. As time passes, those numbers alone would determine the elections, regardless of the possibility/ potential of the educated groups awakening to the importance of voting and elections.

I believe Nigeria needs an electoral college… but unlike a mechanism to account for slavery ours would inspire accountability, innovation and value creation.

The number of electors each state would get would be a factor of the amount each state contributes to the federal purse divided by the number of residents registered to vote.

(Money to federal account from state / Number of state residents registered to vote) x ( A constant)

This would make for a more wholesome and representative political system…… the idea is to encourage leadership to create value and thus add more to the nations purse because of their need for relevance in the affairs of the state…..In an equation like this rent seekers would be at a disadvantage…..like a true partnership, you get what you put in……..also they will need to decide relative to the value they are adding to the federation the ideal amount of people they need registered to vote….i think its very weird that the South South that has basically funded the Nigerian enterprise has such little say in the governance of this country because of their population size…while other states with huge populations but hardly any contributions to the federation have a much larger say….i think that this kind of formula will balance these irregularities…that being said I believe we need to revert back to regional government with true fiscal federalism.

SOME COMMENTS

Akwugo O;

With respect to representation, Nigeria is so peculiar, I’m not sure the founders of democracy (either the Greek or the American versions) could really wrap their minds around a country/society where (mobility and subsequent) assimilation within its borders would be virtually impossible and where people are rooted to their ancestory land and tribes. I would have to think about your proposition, not sure how “just” it is to insert wealth into the formula. Which is why proper Federation takes care of that. Always leads back to this same thing.

GRV

I beg to differ….its not the people it’s the state….A federation of states cannot exist in a sustainable situation where the people that fund it’s existence do not have a say in running it’s affairs….It is what has led to pipeline sabotage and calls for separation and return to regional government, that’s playing a huge part in our economic woes and destroying investor confidence…. A system like this rewards and incentivizes States and governments to lift their citizens out of poverty …It rewards leadership that can create value as opposed to putting their hand out to collect FAAC… It makes citizens start to take in to consideration the ability of a leader to be resourceful and create value as opposed to just sharing money….A state that cannot pay salary will then be forced to actively work at becoming efficient….All in all the Nigeria system as it is today rewards mediocrity….It says to a governor like fayose it’s ok not to create an enabling environment or add value…its ok to have mass youth unemployment and poor education rates because other states will pick up your slack….In so doing dragging other states down….now that is immoral….government is not a welfare program it should be efficient and focus on creating and sustaining value creation and the capacity of its people to reach their MAXIMUM potential.

Abdullah;

If government is for the people and by the people then by definition welfare, public health, and education should all be provided by a government, i think we agree on that. the problem with Nigeria and so many other African countries is that the wealth of the nation is not tied to It’s people. A leader only has to worry about how to secure mining and oil rights and pay the relevant people. In america, by contrast, the people’s vote guarantees that their politicians pay them some attention(still not perfect). america also happens to be a service based economy. It runs better with well fed and healthy people which is why their votes have power. Nigeria on the other hand is an oil mono-economy, the only people the politicians need to please are the oil companies and their interests. so we have a system where the leaders are not incentivized to build roads, schools and hospitals. why should they? all they need are roads to and from the oil fields and the harbor. the only way Nigeria will move forward is when our leaders’ interests align with the citizens and that’s not happening even with an electoral college. Nigeria’s curse is also it’s blessing – resources that are not human.

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