We are on the way towards our University Elections and some key things need to be noted as elites before we omit some fallacy. There were days when these fake promises offered some respite to the locals at least till the elections, but not anymore.
It is no surprise that the candidates often try to buy votes from this underprivileged group by providing them food, drinks and money. Though that might have solved their problems for a while, the candidates could never bring a long-term solution to the problems of the Students. According to my research, inside the University Of Education Winneba, if the candidate had only fulfilled some of their promises this Diaspora would have been different. “Despite numerous claims and assurances, our miseries are still unheard and untouched,” Akuma Benedicta. Some candidates even go ahead to sabotage their colleagues, writing articles against some key members.
Locals of this University accuse the candidates of using them just as ‘vote banks’ and neglecting them at other times. “We have been observing them for years. They played enough with our emotions but not anymore,” said Benedicta, adding, “Most of us are educated now. So, they won’t be able to fool us anymore.”
Since decades, the University have been struggling due to inadequate resources and this always made them to sell their votes hands in front of others. However, in recent years, they have been successful in uplifting their economic and social status due to foreign employment. Almost all Students of the University are enlightened.
Some of them are still obliged to live a miserable life but this time they all are determined to teach the candidates a lesson.
“Money can’t buy our votes, it needs to be earned,” the students have been univocally saying this to every single candidate who visited their doorsteps.
Kumah Jefferson, one of the locals, recalls his past when he himself had to cast vote for the candidates for the sake of little money and food.
“I learnt a lesson and I’m never going to repeat that mistake again no matter what,” he said. With the day for election inching nearer, candidates of various parties have intensified their campaigns in their respective departments. Locals of the University have urged that, the various candidate and their people should be genuine with their promises and development plans. Instead of larger than life dreams, they have demanded for local agendas which can be fulfilled in the near future. Therefore, in this upcoming elections, I urge all students to be vibrant and firm, do not sell your birthright for food. Let’s chose a competent leader who’s ever ready to work and not those who are pretending to be angels sent from heaven to come and loot and share. We need a very humble person and not someone who has pride and not tolerant, we are matured enough to think ahead and broad. Thank you.
Bunbun David Uwumborlame –
University Of Education Winneba