Why business outfit should not influence electorates’ candidate choice

In the recent concluded general elections in Nigeria which saw Major General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd, as winner and president-elect (of which the swearing-in is slated for May 29, 2015): a lot has happened both secretly and in public glare.

Professional organisations, business individuals, social groups, as well as, religion organisations were, all, reported to be throwing their weights behind their perceived would-be winners, in the elections. No political office was left behind: there were supports from every quarter, and there were war of words.

However, while the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through its most respected chairman, Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, was still collating the elections result for declaration – the sitting president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, congratulated the president-elect, Buhari: the politically heated atmosphere (in the country) was doused and gradually – normalcy returned.

We bless God for everything: the peace, the minimal loss of lives, and the establishment of democracy in Nigeria.

What now happened to organisations that has endorsed the outgoing government?

As in a democratic setting, no person would be haunted because he or she voted an opposition to the government of the elect. Notwithstanding, there are issues at stake for those organisations.

A business outfit has diverse of clients that have different tastes, perception, desires, as well as, plans. From these clients, a business outfit generates resources that it uses to further its course. Now, when a business outfit endorses a political office aspirant, and at the end – the business outfit’s supposed candidate loses: there might be some crisis against that business.

It will just be like a situation when somebody goofed on who will become the winner, and there is the probability that the bulk of such business’ clients are made up of opposition supporters. What would happen is relegation that will require some financial, human, and time resources to come out of.

A business, no matter what it offers, is at the demand of the public and cannot afford to misstep in a sensitive area that includes endorsing political aspirant

As it is difficult (not ethical) for any religion organisation or a religion scholar to openly endorse a political office aspirant, so it is not ethical for a business outfit to do so. Of course, it does not mean that every business outfit’s endorsed candidates loss in election, but it does not project such business (very well) before the publics (who, invariably, belong to diverse interest groups).

Except when a business outfits diverted into political campaign organisation – there should be no endorsement of any political office aspirants, by any business outfits.

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