Issues-based politics and the 2023 election, By Jibrin Ibrahim

By evoking emotions and castigating perceived political enemies through hate and dangerous speech, they generate support to remain powerful actors in the political arena. The Electoral Act 2022 has significant provisions for sanctioning such behaviour and it is important that these are utilised, so that the forthcoming campaigns can remain on the healthier terrain of issues-based politics.

This week, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies organised a high-level forum on political communication and issue-based politics in the run up to the 2023 elections. In his speech at the event, Speaker Gbajabiamila made the point that politicians in a democracy should run on the basis of their record, but in our context in which so many of them have no records to show, they change the agenda by attacking personalities and engaging in divisive politics. The problem is that it works. By evoking emotions and castigating perceived political enemies through hate and…

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