Vote buying and its manifestations in 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State


  • Olamide Ojogbede Ekiti state university, Ado Ekiti
  • Mr John O. Olofin Ekiti State university,Ado-Ekiti


It is evident that the brazen act of vote-buying in recent elections in Nigeria has taken the center stage in our political process. The recent elections held in the country arc flawed with several irregularities including electoral frauds and money politics. The 2018 Ekiti Gubernatorial election was not spared from this electoral fraud. This is because political parties and candidates have shown by their conduct, that good party manifestoes and integrity of candidates jostling for public offices are no longer sufficient to guarantee electoral success thus, they resort to Vote-buying. In the same vein, the electorates have obviously demonstrated cynical electoral behavior by their readiness to sell their votes to the highest bidder. The study relies on content analysis of relevant data sourced from both primary and secondary sources to explore the 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State. The findings of the study revealed that there was a prevalence of vote-buying in the 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State. The major political parties, All Peoples Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that participated in the race, were apparently indulged in electoral clientelism and vote-buying during the election. The findings also reveal that poverty, ignorance, political cynicism, lack of comprehensive manifestoes, and the desperation of the two parties to win at all costs encouraged the prevalence of the political malady. This uncharitable practice constitutes a blemish on the credibility of the election. The legitimacy of the newly-formed government remains contestable while the growing trend of vote-buying questions Nigeria's democracy. Although, it may be difficult to eliminate the phenomenon of Vote-buying in Nigerian Polity, nevertheless, its consequences on our democratic process can be minimized. The study however recommends electoral reform, massive political education, poverty reduction, and strict enforcement of legislation against vote-buying practices during elections to deter others.

 Keywords: Vote buying, Election, Clientelism,Democracy





Author Biography

Mr John O. Olofin, Ekiti State university,Ado-Ekiti

Graduate student




How to Cite

Ojogbede, O., & Olofin, J. O. . (2022). MRS: Vote buying and its manifestations in 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State . Humanities and Arts Academic Journal, 2(6), 1–16. Retrieved from