Today, April 2nd, 2011, is the first of three consecutive Saturdays of the national election. Today, millions of Nigerians will go to their polling places, wait for obscene amounts of time to elect members of the National Assembly. Nigerians will elect 90 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives today, choosing candidates from over 50 political parties.
Next Saturday, April 9th is the presidential election, followed by the elections for state governor on April 16.
The buzz word for the next three weeks is “no movement.” Everybody is planning to stay at home on Saturdays, and not move around outside too much because political groups are prone to fighting in the streets and we innocent citizens do not want to be caught in the cross-fire. So for the next three Saturdays I will not be leaving University of Ibadan campus. I will be going around to the UI polling places for the next three Saturday’s to do my own investigation and add insight to the mix.
To put it out in the open, no, I am not voting because I am not Nigerian. You would be surprised at the number of people who ask me that.
234Next, one of Nigeria’s independent newspapers is doing minute by minute coverage of the vote. I am watching it attentively.
Now I am off to the field to find out just what is going on. Follow me on Twitter @TitiOyinbo to see what I uncover.