Cash – and – Carry Politicians Responsible for my Poor Showing at PDP Convention – Sarah Jubril

Describing herself as grossly misunderstood, presidential aspirant at the January 13 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Dr. Sarah Jubril, at the weekend explained why she spent part of the five minutes given to contestants to present their manifestoes singing and dancing.

The 65-year-old who said she polled some 900 votes out of 5,000 in her first attempt in 1993, said she sang and danced because there was too much gloom in the last convention because of the manner it was conducted and she wanted to infuse some excitement.

“The governors killed the spirit of democratic joy,” she said. “This is what happened. Rally (convention) is not general election. It’s where you sell who you are, and you appeal to the emotion of the people and the spirit of the people; you socialise.”

She said in previous conventions, contestants were allowed to move around with their campaign materials to solicit votes, recalling that the late President even had a balloon at the convention ground.

Regrettably, she said, her fliers and other campaign materials were disallowed during the January PDP convention.

Speaking on why she scored just one vote, she attributed it to degeneration in the attitude of politicians since the 1993 electoral process to that of cash-and-carry.

“We have retrogressed,” she said. “The philosophy with which we did our democracy in the 1990’s has been eroded. Therefore, the whole thing has become so monetized that the delegates felt they could not vote for just anybody because they felt everybody (the contestants) would take their power and would not remember them; so they (decided to) take whatever they wanted to take before the person gets to power.”

According to her, she did not have the money to throw around as her emphasis was on ethical politics.

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