Those who remained indifferent watched closely and later decided who to choose. However, a different concept of political participation was born on Twitter in Nigeria to sit on the fence. As I explained earlier this year in for an article. Sitting on the fence doesn’t mean being neutral.
I have my political point of view but I will not be forced to reveal it on Twitter. Sitting on the fence amounts to being objective, recognizing that both candidates have their faults and not ignoring them as many do. Sitting on the fence is having the courage to tweet for.
Against any of the candidates not being subjected to my candidate’s fanatical enslavement beats yours. Sitting on the fence means I’m going to vote on Election Day but I’m not going to waste my valuable time just tweeting about the elections.
This stance was controversial as some Twitter users considered it hypocritical and intended to cover up a deep-rooted political bias. However, the war became real in the blogosphere as the election results were known. Late in the evening of the Saturday of the social media users.
Learned in the network that the president had lost in two polling centres. The publication immediately became viral and encouraged hope among party supporters that such a loss within the perimeter of the seat of power could only be an indicator that things could get worse.
Arguments in the social media
For him in broader and more distant political spaces. It turned out that the president won center that was closer to the seat of power with votes against those of while winning in the one located in a faraway zone with votes against regardless of perspective.
It is a fact that social media has proved useful in bringing election results more quickly to anxious Nigerians. With only the data of Facebook, many of you had the certainty of what was the direction of the wind, quite a long time before the president on the Tuesday to recognize the victory.
Results of the election and of the early hours of propaganda and hate speech in addition to the speeches and campaign mobilizations present in the Nigerian blogosphere, this election also witnessed a cross-pollination of news from social media to mass media.
As netizens offer greater opportunities for immediate dissemination, Nigerian mass media often lag behind. However, the downside was that traditional media outlets published unverified news that social media broadcast during the elections. It was a season of unlimited propaganda, he said.
Propaganda in the social media
This Nigerian election was largely the result of propaganda and messages. The party’s message of change was convincing and the message remained throughout the campaign. This effective message was complemented by a devastating display of propaganda.
Often false or forced but believed by most voters. The response of the communication machinery of the popular Democratic Party and the party was hapless. The ruling party behaved so that incoherently in its communications.
It was soon portrayed by the media and Emmanuel Onwubiko sometimes in his own de facto mindset as an opposition party. The election also marked the advent of the social media era as a fundamental force in Nigerian politics, for better or worse.