Osun 2022: ‘I Foresee A Vote Going For ₦50,000.00’ – Anglican Bishop

The Diocesan Bishop of Ijesa North Anglican Diocese, Right Reverend Isaac Oluyamo has
decried the spate of vote-buying in Nigeria. This is just as the clergyman warned electorate to
beware of politicians who were always out to buy their conscience, thus preventing them
from electing credible leaders to run the affairs of the country.
The Bishop made these remarks in his Presidential Address (Bishop’s Charge), as part of
activities marking the First Session of the Fourth Synod of the Diocese, which held on
Saturday at&St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Erinmo-Ijesa in Osun State.
According to the prelate, it is disheartening to see that vote-buying is now seen as a norm in
Nigeria’s political process. He stressed that the trend would not allow sincere and credible
people to find their way into positions of authority, simply because they don’t have the money
to buy votes.
With a specific reference to the 2022 governorship election in Osun, Bishop Oluyamo said
that he foresaw a vote going for as high as ₦50,000.00, if the ugly trend of vote-buying is not
nipped in the bud.
“As Osun State will be going to the polls next year, we advise our politicians to play a fair
game and not handle it as a ‘do-or-die’ affair. They should sheathe their swords and allow
peace to reign because elections cannot be held in an atmosphere of rancour.
“They should also desist from vote buying. We are aware of a particular state in Nigeria
where there were high and troubling reports of vote buying; where prospective voters were
selling their votes for between ₦20,000.00 and ₦25,000.00 each. This is highly condemnable!
If care is not taken, a vote might begin to sell for as high as ₦50,000.00 in Nigeria, beginning
with the 2022 governorship election in Osun State”, he stated.
Bishop Oluyamo then called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, ensure
that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is given the required support to
function impartially; and be truly independent, as its name implies.
He called on the government at the centre to tighten up security around INEC offices
nationwide to halt the current ugly situation whereby offices of the electoral body are being
vandalized and burnt down by hoodlums.
Rt. Rev. Oluyamo also used the occasion to advise governments across board to stop
imposing taxes on religious institutions in Nigeria, saying that such an action would bring
nothing but curse on the land.
According to him, religious institutions over the years have been engaging in activities that
provide support to the vulnerable people in the society. To this extent, the Church should not
be seen as a money-making venture because it has never been so.
“We appeal to Nigerians to pay their taxes and other levies while government should, on the
other hand, channel those taxes to the welfare of the citizens. No government should think of imposing tax on religious institutions. Any government with such a motive will only be
inviting the wrath of God on the land.6
“Religious institutions are already doing a lot of things government should ordinarily be
doing for the people; and they are not money-making organisations”, Bishop Oluyamo concluded.