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2019: Age of billionaires in politics, — By Gwiyi Solomon

Money is a big player in the age of big business.
It undoubtedly “answers all things” therein as declared – the very reason for business; the essence of it and assuredly, the major ingredient without which there is no transaction.
Believe it or not, the business of 2019 will surely be a game gulping billions of naira to political parties as well as the individuals vying for presidential positions, using our dominant and major political platforms of either the PDP or APC.
Merely expressing ones interest at the party level for any elective offi ce in Nigeria and anywhere in Africa, millions of naira will take fl ight and vanish into the tin air.
Th at is the system anyway.
And then again, purchasing the political party’s expression of interestform and lobbying of the party echelon and it’s possible delegates during primaries for acceptance alone – here, another raw cash, running into millions of naira develops wings vanishes once again.
It is for this understanding, the political parties are already oiling their machineries and fastening their belts towards ensuring a successful prosecution of this deal in their favour as no business man invests to lose but make profi ts.
Th at is the understanding anyway.
Welcome to the age of big business once again.
And most certainly, welcome to the age of billionaire-politicians and their baggage.
In 2008, one Barack Obama, then senator, took his world by the storm and won his elections as the 44th President of the United States in grand style ridding on the back of his power of oratory.
Exactly eight years later, Donald Trump, rode on the crèche of his billions made over the years through his wealthy father to clinch American Presidency.
So, the question then in the minds of people is: while the Americans clearly voted in the direction of billions a few months ago, what would Nigerians go for in the next few months when the country will fi le out to elect a new leader? As an evolving democracy, Nigeria follows in the footsteps of America in virtually everything governance.
So if the above grounds are already established to be true, one will no longer contest the follow up notion that 2019 will be a game for billionaires and not the chicken hearted fi nancially.
Gwiyi Solomon, Enugu



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