Troll Cabal is a community of people on twitter who engage in political satire by mimicking various characters in the Nigerian political space.
We had twitter overlords, Troll police, attariod Jega (mimicking the the INEC Chairman in 2015), Troll Hara Reporters and three candidates contesting for the position of Convener of Troll Cabal.
Our sister organization, BT TV participated actively in this venture because the team here at Breaking Times believe that political satire is a great way to raise awareness and facilitate youth interest and participation in politics. Therefore, we moderated the Troll Cabal debate that held on the 23rd of March 2017 on twitter. We scrutinized the ideas of the contestants and their action plan to move troll cabal forward.
The eventual winner of the election was Ose Anenih (Papa Donkee) because he had a strong ground structure and he articulated his vision for the troll cabal community in an engaging and creative way. He won 55% of the votes cast.
The other two contestants were Jaja Phd and Don D merchant. However, Jaja Phd conceded defeat even before voting was over. Another, story of art mimicking life.
But it is important to also highlight that at some point in the course of the campaigning, the political polarization that we see in Nigerian politics did subtly rear its head at the Troll Cabal elections.
Papa Donkee, the winner appears to tilt towards the PDP side of the political divide while Jaja Phd seems more APC inclined. At some point it was almost becoming an APC-PDP thing. This indicates that the polarizations we observe in society are still present even in the virtual world.
There were also accusations and counter accusations of vote rigging by both sides, another reflection of politics in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the third party candidate Don D Merchant’s performance is sadly a reflection of our politics in Nigeria, where third party candidates often struggle to make any headway.
Finally, this was a good experience and our desire here at BT is for the troll cabal community to grow and become an alternative way to engage in politics and even at some point influence what happens in the country using political satire.